“Elektra Luxx is a cartoon — it’s shot in vivid candy colors — yet it’s not wholly cartoonish,” writes Movieline critic Stephanie Zacharek. “[Director Sebastian] Gutierrez isn’t out to make any serious pronouncements about the porn industry. But he’s not looking down on his subject, either. The picture is rambunctiously affectionate; Guiterrez may go for the broad joke, but never the cheap one.”
Two years ago I saw Guiterrez’s Women in Trouble, which, like Elektra Luxx, also toplined Carla Gugino. It wasn’t offensively bad, but it certainly wasn’t any kind of grade-A (or grade B) experience. The other thing to keep in mind is that there’s something about the porn industry (as a subject, vibe or attitude) that almost always stinks up the place. Except when the director is Pedro Almodovar, whom Guiterrez would like to be as good as.