Protector (1998) from Tuna

Protector (1998), according to IMDB, is made for TV, and called Valentine's Day. It is full of nudity, and boasts a pretty impressive cast including Rae Dawn Chong, Mario van Peebles, Randy Quaid, Ben Gazarra, and a lovely and talented Zehra Leverman, who I was not familiar with, but has several credits at IMDB. IMDB calls it an Action/Drama/Romance/Thriller. It is actually a Mafia vs good cop/bad cop story, and a fairly good one, but has more than enough nudity and simulated sex to fall into the soft core genre. 


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We have two anonymous models showing breasts, Rae Dawn with clear and well lit breast exposure, and Zehre showing pretty much everything over and over. Van Peebles is the good cop, trying to get a high ranking mafia boss to turn states evidence. Without giving the plot away, he trusts some of the wrong people. Rae Dawn is his ex wife and district attorney, and Randy Quaid is his partner.  

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  • With their votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters score it 4.0 
IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, this film is a C+. A top notch soft-core sex film that is watchable without the sex.

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