*Disclaimer: I will not use any real or pseudo names for the people in this documentary. I do not want to promote them in or out of the business. I can almost guarantee 50% or more have watched this documentary and immediately opened their laptop and searched for their videos. That is one reason for this article is to shine light on what the documentary could actually promote.
Is this documentary educational, scary, or motivational? You decide.
If you have Netflix, there may have been a movie in the recently added section that caught your eye - Hot Girls Wanted. This is a movie about girls aspiring to make it in the pornography industry, but have to start in the amateur circuit, or what I would call, the minor leagues. From start to finish, from fact to fact, from person to person, and from act to act, you cannot take your eyes off the screen. You want to know what is going to happen to these girls and who will make it. As far as a documentary goes, I got what I wanted - solid basis of people to pay attention to and enough facts to blow my mind. What I really got out of this movie though is questionable. The tone of the documentary is very difficult to figure out. I will break it down into two sections - I am not terrified to get into any form of porn and the opposite affect this movie could have - This does not look like a bad lifestyle for the amount of money, sign me up.
I feel that since this is streaming on Netflix and most likely did not hit a lot of ground while distributed, you may need a synopsis - something I normally hate in an article or review. The documentary focuses on a handful of girls trying to get into the pornography business. They are starting out in the amateur circuit, which some feel is a trap for a lot of young women. They see posts online like “Free Trip to Miami” and when they inquire about the trip, they begin to understand they must do something for the “free” trip. They take up residence in the “Talent Scout’s” house and pay rent in order to stay. They are then booked for small shoots that are filmed like the are “real.” The handful of girls will either make it in porn, be stuck in the minor leagues, or quit. The fascination lies within who will end up where, which is why it is difficult to stop watching this documentary. Basic synopsis that could peak your attention.
Let’s get into the two tones of this documentary that will leave you wondering what you just saw. The first is a fear tactic to scare any young female who may be interested. The statistics are overwhelmingly interesting and disturbing at the same time. We are following girls who are already in the industry, so they know what to expect. There is only one girl who is brand new and will film her first scene in this documentary and she looks a little tense. They stay in a house owned by the “Talent Scout” and pay him rent. Yes, the rent comes from their paycheck for filming a scene.
The house is pretty rundown, but this guy is playing it up like it’s a mansion. The girls all seem to like it as well - which when you watch the documentary would scare you because of what could possibly be going on in this house. The main character that we are following has many ups and downs. She does bondage scenes, she gets some sort of bump on her genitals at one point, and most terrifying of all, we see her go home to tell her parents what she is doing. The disappointment in the parent’s eyes are what would be the most frightening. Adding to the parents, she has a boyfriend who is long distance and when they go to a party, his friends want to put her scenes up on the television. Now for any guy who thinks it would be cool to date a pornstar, it is now scary. I won’t give away all the scenes of terror, but I will say there is a vomit scene that will make you cringe. Some survive and prosper in the industry and some do not. It is explained that most girls “shelf life” in this part of the industry is 3 months to a year - so don’t expect a career. The scariest part is just how interesting this section is, instead of educational.
Here is where the tone shifts and leaves the film misunderstood. Greatly.
I watched this documentary with my girlfriend, because she was interested and hit play (yes, I wanted to watch it, but it surprised me she did too). When it ended, we looked at each other and wondered what we were supposed to gather from this documentary. We didn’t understand if it was a negative documentary or a positive one. I guess it is how the viewer depicts it - which is not how a documentary should presented. Let’s look at the tone shift. The girls inside this house are very happy to be there and seem to be thoroughly enjoying their camaraderie. The enjoyment of sex and having fun is placed front and center. Everyone seems to be taken care of greatly by this “Talent Scout” and he seems harmless. The documentary shows a statistic that on average a girl can make around $800 per scene. That is a lot of money for little work, if you are up for it. The main girl mentions, although very briefly, that she made $25,000 in four months. That quote alone is enough for a lot of girls to open their laptops immediately and try to break into the game. The fear tactics were spread throughout and placed nearly right after you saw, what could be construed, as good business. The family still loves the girl no matter what she does and they will always be their daughter. We were scared at first of this encounter, but now all is right in the world. The end shows us who is still in it, even after we have watched them slurp up vomit and pretend to be somewhat molested. They seemed to have found happiness in what they are doing and they love getting paid for it. We then see a new batch of girls ready to move into this house and start their new lives. They seem happy and hopeful. It is a never ending cycle and the tone of this movie - depending on your mindset and how you watch it - could motivate someone to look into it
This article is not intended to contribute or to denounce the pornography industry. This article is not to bash the film. I enjoyed the film and was surprised by how I felt watching it. I would call it a Subjective Documentary and you will get out of it what you want. It doesn’t feel like an “Agree or Disagree” documentary, but more a “Could I Ever Do That” documentary. The film is a very interesting watch, but I would watch it with caution. At times I was scared for these girls, and at times somehow I was happy for them. If you hate the industry then you will not see any tone but horror. If you are unbias of the industry you will see a very interesting documentary with statistics you never knew. If you enjoy the industry, you will watch this documentary with your laptop open and searching for these scenes. If you have ever thought about utilizing porn to get some cash, you will watch this documentary and know how to do it. This documentary won’t sway you one way or the other - it will keep you where you stand on the industry. The tone is your’s to decide.