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Wild Orchid 2: Two Shades of Blue

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Despite what that title shamelessly implies, this is not a continuation of 1990’s Wild Orchid. But it is the work of the same sleazemeister, Zalman King (also a producer of 9 1/2 Weeks), which makes it just another variation on his standard theme: the sexual initiation of inexperienced women at the hands of worldly strangers. The heroine is Blue (Nina Siemaszko), an orphaned teen coerced into working in a classy 1950s brothel. Because she’s so spirited, she eventually breaks free, but until then she must suffer her share of soft-core interludes — scenes that ostensibly decry a prostitute’s degrading existence while lingering on every kinky detail. The R-rated version of Wild Orchid 2: Two Shades of Blue is the theatrical cut; the unrated version adds four minutes of extra steaminess. Both tapes are vapid, pretentious, and above all, boring.