Some movies deespite being good never get the publicity, respect, or the box office they deserve. This is one of those movies. It happens to be quite entertaining, and keeps your attention right to the end.
Middle Men relates the story of Jack Harris, a family man, with the perfect wife, perfect family, and a successful businessman.
It's 1995, and the internet is taking off. Two foolish geniuses hit upon a multi million dollar idea to market porn over the internet. Unfortunately, they have partnered with the wrong people, and are in over their head. One of them has written a very valuable computer program, which I agree is very smart and revolutionises the way business is done over the internet.
When Jack is asked to bail these guys out, he sees a huge opportunity, and gets into business with them, and is extremely successful. However, complications ensue, and Jack's values, and his family life come under threat, and he ends up in some potentially compromising positions, some of his own making, and some through the wildcard players he has become involved with.
You may wonder who Audrey Dawn is. She is a porn star, convincingly played by Laura Ramsay, the hottest sexiest blonde I have seen in a while, and who gives a very convincing performance here. She conveys a tremendous darkness in capturing a female porn star. Definitely one to watch for in the future.
I came to the movie knowing vaguely that it was about the porn business, so I did not know what to expect, or even have high expectations. It turned out to be much better than I imagined. The fact that it is based on a true story added to my enjoyment, as otherwise it would have been quite unbelievable. The real character on whom this is based, Christopher Mallick is a also a producer of the movie.
Here is a quote from Jack Harris: Business is a lot like sex getting in is easy, pulling out is hard.
You may wonder what porn has to with the 'War on Terror.' It's a good thing to wonder, and you may be surprised by the answer. I think this movie would be okay for couples.
It stars Luke Wilson as Jack Harris, and Giovanni Ribisi as one of the duo. James Caan plays a shady fixer. Kelsey Grammer has a short but memorable turn as an ambitious District Attorney.
It's well worth a look, and one of the more enjoyable movies I have seen in a while. It's a strong recommend. I think you will love it.
If it's up your street give it a shot.
I think you'll love it, and I hope this was helpful.
JUST LIKE THE SOCIAL NETWORK except it had more nudity and was far less factual. Okay, maybe it wasn't like Social Network, other than the fact it is more popular, although no one admits to using it. This is "inspired" by a true story which means all the dialouge and most of the characters are fictional. Two genius drug user live together (Giovanni Ribisi plays an excellent paranoid on coke) and can't get any decent porn on the Internet so they decide to create their own web site and invent a program that allows people to pay on line with a credit card. They opt to get new material so they enlist the help of the Russian mafia. Luke Wilson plays a businessman and family man whose narration frequents the movie. He turns their web site into an Internet sensation by allowing access to multiple sites through their billing system.
There is nudity and sex, but nothing that is over the top erotic. Was that Jesse Jane as one of those girls in the background?
The film is front loaded with comedy. The movie starts to drag near the end, in fact whenever James Caan was on the screen, the movie went south. Don't get me wrong, Caan played a good part, it was just boring when he was on screen as compared to the action/comedy/drama going on during the rest of the film.
on October 30, 2011
I have a personal issue with all the films ruined by an irritating and irrelevant voice-over narrative.
Middle Men is an exception, and Luke Wilson's story-telling narrative makes you almost believe this film was based on real events --- which it was NOT :-). Entertaining, sometimes humorous, definitely sexy. Luke Wilson, James Caan, Giovanni Ribisi and the very watchable Laura Ramsey carry off their understandable, even sympathetic, but never clean-handed characters.