Porn Star is a documentary that tells the real life story of Ron Jeremy; a seventies blue movie icon who continues to gallivant with beauties beyond the imaginations of most men both off screen and on. The joys these women offer leave most of us speechless, but Jeremy, not so surprisingly, seems rather desensitized to it all by the time we meet him. His life certainly is not one big party. Oh, he does go to parties, practically every night, but it is not to engage in wild activities. The reason he attends is more due to the fear of being alone than for the purposes of finding sex and euphoria. He is a very ambitious man, yet, paradoxically, his ambitions are constantly thwarted by the stigma attached to the profession which has made him famous.
There is a certain childish naiveté that Jeremy has in regards to the outside world. He really doesn't know a whole lot about himself and seems to know even less about those around him. He is a sensitive man which is one of the reasons that the average viewer can so identify and like him. His ego is often hurt by the rejection of mainstream culture. Jeremy is so used to porn it's as if he cannot comprehend just how odious it is to some people. Even folks like this reviewer, who don't think there's anything wrong with his choosing such a lifestyle, are rather sickened by the sight of one of his costars have a pre-sex pow-pow with her "husband," wherein they begin excitedly exchanging high fives in anticipation of the anal sex she is about to receive from Ron. "What's our favorite kind of sex? Anal sex!" Yuck, such rah rah, "my wife is getting nailed," cheering is eerie indeed.
Jeremy brags about all the Hollywood movies he has appeared in until the production chiefs heard about it and cut his segments out. Their rejection wounds him deeply. He admits to flying all the way to Paris just so he could appear onscreen for five seconds before getting shot in the movie, Killing Zooey. He is so trusting that he even extends his good will to the person of the evil radical feminist, Susan Faludi (I couldn't believe it either), who, predictably, tears him to chubby shreds in print. Despite the mounds of cleavage and sultry femininity his body has enjoyed and probed, one cannot help but feel a little sorry for a man with so little preparation for the ways of the world.
Ultimately, Ron Jeremy is a very likable guy. This is not only because he is a "regular Joe," but because he's self-effacing and sensitive. He is hurt when female porn stars insist in their contracts that they should not have to sleep with him, which points to the best thing that can be said in his favor, he is an authentic man. The life that he has, even if it sometimes doesn't look it, is real.