Picks and Pans Review: Shattered Innocence

updated 03/14/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/14/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

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If Shattered Innocence were not based on a true story with a tragic ending (see page 83), it would be classic trash—a lurid, silly melodrama about sin. This is the fictionalized tale of a naive young woman from Kansas (Jonna Lee) who goes to California and becomes a nude model and porno star. She also becomes addicted to cocaine after she takes the stuff to lose weight. On second thought, this woman is not naive. She's just stupid. Call her story Star 80-IQ. She offers no resistance to the photographers who tell her to take off all her clothes. Nor does she laugh at photographers who deliver insipid lectures rationalizing some higher moral plane for centerfolds over porn: "There is a difference," one lewd lensman says, "between nudity and nakedness." And she shocks her sweet heartland mom when she brags, "You better get used to me being naked because I'm gonna be in the January issue of Penthouse!" As presented here, she is an unsympathetic character who is not forced into her bad decisions but creates her own disasters out of laziness, greed and idiocy. If this were fiction, it would be a hoot. Instead, because it is supposed to be based on truth, it is exploitation.

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