The object of PHYSICAL ATTRACTION is prostitute Bobbi (Shanna McCullough, FALCON BREAST) who feels that there must be more to life than hooking. Her housemate April (Pamela Mann, SEXDANCE FEVER) prefers to live in the now, coaxing Bobbi into a lesbian cuddle for a voyeur client and satisfying the other whims of their abusive pimp Luther (Craig Roberts, TABOO II) who constantly threatens to put Bobbi out on the street when she rejects his advances. After turning tricks by night in sleazy motels, Bobbi goes for a morning jog – to a barely disguised reworking of Vangelis' CHARIOTS OF FIRE theme – where she meets cute with Ed (David Cannon, STIFF COMPETITION) who is training a group of runners for the Olympic trials. When one of his runners breaks her leg, Ed approaches Bobbi and offers to train her. Bobbi falls for Ed over pizza and wine, training with the team and concealing her double life from them. When Bobbi stands up too many Johns, Luther comes looking for her and catty runner Margo (Lisa Lake, HOT FLASHES) gets the ammunition she believes will cause Bobbi to fall out of favor with Ed.
Although it seems like the plot could have come Lifetime TV movie without the hardcore sex scenes, PHYSICAL ATTRACTION largely eschews its plot development in favor of packing in as many sex scenes as possible, throwing in additional encounters in between the Luther and Bobbi's replacement Ginny (Valerie Love), Margo and teammates Nancy (Bunny Bleu, TRASHY LADY) and Stu (Paul Thomas, EROTIC ADVENTURES OF CANDY), in addition to Bobbi's Johns (STUD HUNTERS' Greg Derek and ORIENTAL JADE's Blake Palmer) and April's with RAMBONE AND THE DOUBLE PENETRATORS' Frank James that sometimes seem rushed and "anti-climactic" (despite the money shots) compared to the pivotal encounters between Bobbi and Ed (the second of which looks like an extension of her "stretching" exercises). Even the climactic Olympic trials intercut Luther and Ginny with close-ups of an announcer describing Bobbi's progress rather than a couple disembodied close-up shots of Bobbi versus Margo. Performances are relatively poor but passable; however, there is something quite entertaining about Roberts' brand of awfulness. Still photographer/set decorator on both films Ron Vogel cameos here as a jogger.
This was originally written for DVD Drive in by Eric Cotenas.