Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy
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Anyone who fantasizes about becoming a porn star should see Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy, a cheerful documentary that paints a sympathetic but clear-eyed portrait of the most successful male porn star of all time. Through remarkably frank interviews with the man himself and a variety of friends and associates (including actresses, rival actors, and directors; porn moguls like Larry Flynt and Al Goldstein; and, most surprisingly, Jeremy's own family), Ron Jeremy emerges as a likeable but self-obsessed guy whose insatiable drive for fame and success is also a struggle to overcome loneliness and a lack of self-worth. Not that anyone's going to feel too sorry for a man who gets paid to have sex, but Jeremy's honesty and sense of humor deserve some respect. And despite all the flesh on display, Porn Star is more matter-of-fact than titillating, taking in its subject with a sociological distance. --Bret Fetzer --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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Well, ponder no longer, Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy has arrived. This 80 minute documentary follows a day in the life of Ron Jeremy while telling his life story. Interviews with his family, friends, and his, ahem, distiguished colleagues, keep it interesting as they discuss the man, the myth, and of course, the legend. Actually, Jeremy is a pretty regular guy, and dare I say, boring.
Seriously though, we all owe a little debt of gratitude to Ron Jeremy. Deep down in places not usually discussed at the dinner table, we all (generally speaking) admire Ron Jeremy: the ugly guy who gets the hot girls. Jememy was in the first porn I ever saw and I'll never forget it. This may not be the crowning achievement Jememy wanted, but it is his legacy. God bless him for it.
The idea was not quite as far-out as it might seem. At the time, pornography was a big screen venue and films came with plots, dialogue, and reasonable budgets. As it happened, Jeremy had what it took to be a porn star and then some: a nine and three-quarters inch endowment and the amazing ability to control it on cue. But he failed to recognize a well-established show business fact that not even such legendary (and comparatively discreet) performers as Gypsy Rose Lee could overcome. Once a stripper, always a stripper. Once a porn star, always a porn star.
Twenty years after he made his adult film debut Ron Jeremy is still a porn star, only these days he is a chunky, sloppy one who commands a following largely due to his unlikely appearance and quasi-comic persona and who continues the career thanks to that near-inhuman control. And even as he takes a monthly AIDS test, scrambles for extra and bit work in mainstream film, and makes one porn flick after another he continues to dream of a "legitimate" acting career that will never come.
In theory, it is the stuff of both great comedy and great tragedy, but this fairly short documentary is neither; it has a touch of pathos, a touch of humor, but it never goes far enough in its exploration of Jeremy as a human being. I did laugh a little and I did feel a bit sorry for him, but the big questions were never asked and the big issues were never more than indicated. In the end, I feel like I met Jeremy at a party in passing--and when he left the room I knew little more about him than I did when he first came in.
GFT, Amazon Reviewer
In Memory of James & Shamsi Hyre, killed in Hurricane Katrina
29 August 2005
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.
Throughout the film these three facts are somewhat repeated ENDLESSLY but through various friends, family, admirers and co-workers.
Its an entertaining, but short documentary that barely scratches the surface of what people really want to know about the world of porn. We learn all about Ron's amazing "talents" and his former loves...but the rest of the DVD is Ron trying to understand why no one from Hollywood will hire him.Yea, the AIDS test is scary....and should be....but that's really all there is on the serious side. The rest is Ron being a class clown. Fun and entertaining to watch...but what ISN'T said would be a heck of a lot more interesting.