Elektra Luxx

2011

Elektra Luxx

Critics Consensus

A bizarre sex comedy full of meandering subplots, some occasional wit, and, unfortunately, not a whole lot of funny jokes.

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Recently retired from the adult film industry, superstar Elektra Luxx (Carla Gugino) is pregnant with the child of late rock star Nick Chapel. She is trying to make ends meet by teaching a community college sex education class aimed at housewives when a figure from her past, flight attendant Cora (Marley Shelton), approaches her with a proposition. In exchange for the (stolen) lyrics to Nick Chapel's last record, all of which is about Elektra, Cora needs Elektra to seduce her fiancée. Elektra reluctantly agrees to do this favor, setting in motion a series of hilarious events which will see her come face to face with detectives, sex bloggers, emotionally unstable neighbors and the Virgin Mary herself as she wrestles with the prospect of motherhood and tries to become a person of substance.-- (C) Samuel Goldwyn

Cast

Carla Gugino
as Elektra Luxx
Emmanuelle Chriqui
as Bambi Lindberg
Timothy Olyphant
as Dellwood Butterworth
Justin Kirk
as Benjamin
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
as Bert Rodriguez
Adrianne Palicki
as Holly Rocket
Kathleen Quinlan
as Rebecca Linbrook
Ermahn Ospina
as Jimmy Cojones
Lucy Punch
as Dolores
Amy Rosoff
as Olive Rodriguez
Jake Hames
as Thief 1
Matt Gerald
as Michael Ortiz
Gabriel Gutierrez
as The Walton Kid
Michael Copon
as Lamberto
Christine Lakin
as Venus Azucar
Cale Finot
as Sy Maplewood
Melissa Ordway
as Sabrina Capri
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Critic Reviews for Elektra Luxx

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (25)

  • Has some scattered witty notions, but it is not funny.

    Mar 11, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/5
  • A porn star's midlife crisis makes for a limp story in "Elektra Luxx."

    Mar 11, 2011 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Despite the fine thesping seen in this innocuous piece of fluff, the whole amounts to less than the sum of its parts.

    Mar 10, 2011 | Full Review…

    Ronnie Scheib

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • "Elektra Luxx" has a playful, breezy sexiness that gives the world of the film, porn biz and all, a refreshing innocence.

    Mar 10, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • You sense that the characters, as much as we, are waiting for something to happen.

    Mar 10, 2011 | Rating: 1.5/4
  • "Elektra Luxx'' needs a star whose secret weapon is that she only looks and sounds as dumb as people think she is. It needs Melanie Griffith.

    Mar 10, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Elektra Luxx

  • Oct 31, 2013
    "Elektra Luxx" is a mess of a film, never landing on comedy or drama, bordering the line between legitimate and pseudo-pornography, the only thing saving the film is an enormous cast that is almost more enjoyable to watch than to listen or engage. The gorgeous Carla Gugino plays the pregnant pornstar of the film to which we basically just follow her in a day of her life. Coming across a huge cast including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Malin Akerman, Timothy Olyphant, Adrianne Palicki, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Justin Kirk, and Vincent Kartheiser, you have to wonder who the favor was for or what these paychecks looked like to get this many people to be in a film about utterly nothing. Without these familiar faces and the hope that Gugino would eventually show enough skin to make the run-time worth it, this would be the bottom of the barrel when it came to comedies, offering no real budget or production quality apart from the cast. With zero morals and even less in terms of plot devices, this film exists for the sake of existing, serving no real purpose to anyone or anything.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer
  • Aug 03, 2012
    Trouble has a name. Mediocre movie. "Elektra Luxx" is not really a comedy, but a quirky semi-serious drama. There are three vaguely connected subplots, one about the life of Elektra Luxx, another about a blogger and the third about two female friends of Elektra. While the main subplot of Elektra's life is interesting, the latter two subplots seem to add little to the main story. They seem disconnected and seem to function as fillers. Or, they are just reasons to put some soft porn in. I find "Elektra Luxx" not so engaging or captivating as it potentially could be. What surprises me the most is the number of big names in the film, such as Joseph Gordon Levitt, Malin Akerman and even a long cameo by Julianne Moore. Pregnant porn star Elektra Luxx is trying to make a split from the adult film industry by making a living teaching sex classes to housewives. But her life is thrown into disarray when a flight attendant with ties to Elektra's past approaches her for a favor. Chaos and hilarity ensue as fiancees, private investigators, a twin sister, best selling authors and even the Virgin Mary force her to face up to an unexpected series of decisions and revelations.
    Manu G Super Reviewer
  • Jun 18, 2011
    <i>"From adult film star to functioning adult."</i> Life for porn actress Elektra Luxx gets turned upside down when she finds out she's pregnant. <center><font size=+2 face="Century Schoolbook"><b><u>REVIEW</u></b></font></center> "What kind of person are you?" Retiring pregnant porn star Elektra Luxx (Gugino) fills her days by teaching a sexology class. After being approached by a stranger with ties to her dead ex-boyfriend her day starts to get weird. If you have seen the previews to this then you think you know what the movie is about. You would be wrong. From what I saw I expected a very funny comedy. While this movie does have it's funny moments, at its core it actually a very moving story. A woman who is trying to figure out where her life is is the one everyone seems to go to for advice, help or anything she can provide. Being that the movie is about a porn star there are a few pretty raunchy scenes and dialog, but no where near what you would have expected. The acting and characters are very entertaining that it makes you want to watch and see everyone get what they want. This is not at all what I expected, it was better. Overall a very touching, and somewhat funny story about finding out and being comfortable with who you are.
    Lorenzo v Super Reviewer
  • Mar 13, 2011
    When last we left our intrepid heroine... Famed porn star Elektra Luxx(Carla Gugino) was pregnant and retiring from the adult film industry. This leaves her biggest fan and vlogger, Bert Rodriguez(Joseph Gordon-Levitt), distraught while his sister Olive(Amy Rosoff) tries to drive up the traffic on his web site which might also scar him for life. While Holly(Adrianne Palicki) is going to Mexico with her best friend Bambi(Emmanuelle Chriqui), Elektra is teaching classes at the local community center where Cora(Marley Shelton) finds her. To those who might have forgotten, Cora was with Elektra's baby daddy when he died and feels responsible. To atone, she gives Elektra a list of songs he wrote in her honor. In return, Cora would like a favor... Compared to its predecessor "Women in Trouble," "Elektra Luxx" at least has fewer plot tangents and is less of a mess in general. That's not to say this is not a deeply flawed movie with little momentum with scenes that go on way too long. It would have been better if it had stuck with the missing songs subplot and ran with that. On the other hand, it is more subdued and reflective in its keeping with a transitional tone as Elektra considers what do next while learning more about her. At the same time, the world needs to reconcile who she is privately and publicly in a business that is all fantasy, and little else.(Of some relevance, is how a lot of the subplots involve infidelity.) Plus, the cast is still very good with Timothy Olyphant being a valued addition. And an off-the-wall cameo(Yes, that is who I think it is) puts the movie into the win column.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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