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After Porn Ends

Year: 2012
Production Co: Oxymoron Entertainment
Director: Bryce Wagoner
Cast: Asia Carerra, Tiffany Million, John Leslie, Randy West, Mary Carey, Raylene, Seka, Nina Hartley, Crissy Moran, Amber Lynn, Houston

There's a heartbreaking moment in After Porn Ends right near the end. It's sadder than the title card explaining that porn vet Randy West still lives alone (after he's said he's liked to have had kids), and Asia Carerra explaining how her husband died in a car crash on the way back from a trip to Las Vegas she didn't want him to take.

It's when the film explains how 90s-era star Raylene got back into the business after she and her family ran into financial difficulties.

Unlike some of the women featured, the now 37-year-old brunette is an attractive and natural looking woman. She's featured in the film with her husband and young son, whom she clearly adores as she wipes tears away saying how he saved her life from the drugs and alcohol she experienced in the industry.

It's not that I think the porn industry only attracts child abuse victims who shoot up heroin between films like a lot of anti-porn crusaders, but she genuinely seemed to be glad to be out of the field and happy with her life and new job as a real estate agent. To think she eventually had no choice but to go back to take care of her son was crushing.

Not all the stories are as sad but very few of them are truly happy. You might expect suicide, drug addiction, financial ruin and desperation but in all honesty what goes on in these people's lives isn't any worse or better than where all our lives end up – the only difference being a lot of them have moved away to places where that have to assume they won't be recognised.

It's also really interesting because you see the people behind the cocks and tits, and it makes you realise that they might be a group of people who used to work in the restaurant business or public service. They're all completely different, from the Mensa graduate Carerra to a pneumatic idiot named Mary Carey who seems so sure of what she wants and needs (and good luck to her) but has to check with someone off screen if there's such a word as 'precedent'.

If nothing else, if you grew up and watched your share of porn in the 1980s it'll be trippy to see where all the faces you know ended up.

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