Plot: Anna (Sara Malakul Lane) is a gifted young woman with a bright future, a good student and a skilled cellist. But her potential is derailed by her alcoholic stepfather, who abuses her and often rapes her. In one instance of his abuse however, she pushes him off of her, which results in some broken glass piercing his neck, causing him to bleed out right in front of Anna. Soon she is hauled off to prison and sentenced to four years, an experience she is not equipped to deal with. Between the cruel guards, violent prisoners, and a predatory warden, Anna is beaten, humiliated, and even raped. Given no other options and unable to defend herself, she turns to the warden, who gives her minor safety in exchange for sexual favors. But her mind continues to break down, leading to a drug addicted phase and numerous infractions, as she rebels against the inmates that try to bring her down. Can Anna somehow keep it together and survive her prison stint, or will she be consumed by the system?

Entertainment Value: Also known as 17 to Life, this is a harsh women in prison flick that feels like a throwback to the classic exploitation days. The story is simple, an abused woman is thrown in jail and is put through sheer hell, testing her mental and physical endurance to the brink of self destruction. All of the prison tropes are present and accounted for, from corrupt guards to drug addiction to roving gangs to a sleazy warden and of course, girl on girl action. This one has a good amount of sleaze too, with frequent vivid nudity, lesbian scenes, and shower scenes, plus some brutal rape scenes, so all the usual genre conventions are well represented here. Of course, the violence, sex, and sexual violence is going to offend or frighten some, but if you’re used to prison cinema, it isn’t that outlandish. Sara Malakul Lane is a little dead eyed, but it works in her favor, as she seems almost dead inside, which suits this character in some ways. She has that slight spark of innocence that makes her ordeal all the more grueling and cruel, which always helps. The rest of the cast is fine as well, with Steve Hanks as a standout as the slime covered warden. I think anyone who appreciates women in prison flicks will have fun with this one, as it hits all the right notes.

This one is packed with sleaze, so a lot of nakedness with sex scenes, shower scenes, and random moments of naked flesh. Lane has some spectacular, ridiculously large breasts and the movie puts them to good use, busting out those puppies every few minutes to let them breathe. She and a couple ladies show off breasts, bare ass, and full frontal nudity, which is quite vivid given the shaved state of the vaginal union. The girl on girl scenes show a lot of skin, but don’t get as graphic as it seems like they will, given the level of sleaze involved. The rape scenes are intense, but again, never venture into overly graphic realms. There’s a lot of violence and some bloodshed, from stabbings, slashings, and just out and out brawls. Even so, most of the blood isn’t graphic and no stand out gore set pieces, just some moderate red stuff. The dialogue has your tough girl talk as the girls harass each other, but also some tender girl on girl talk, capped off by the sleaze soaked warden’s sexual advances. Not wild, over the top dialogue, but just the right kind of prison lingo and bravado. The craziness is limited to the rampant sleaze and Anna’s path of suffering, but this keeps close to prison movie conventions. So certainly one that pushes the genre’s dark side, but not totally off the rails.

Nudity: 9/10

Blood: 2/10

Dialogue: 5/10

Overall Insanity: 3/10

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