New Line Cinema | Release Date: October 10, 1997
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seancriswellOct 7, 2012
Most peoples favorite PT Anderson movie is probably my least. I don't dislike this film, it just hits me on a less emotional level than his other work. There is plenty to like here. Reynolds in particular is excellent. The scenes betweenMost peoples favorite PT Anderson movie is probably my least. I don't dislike this film, it just hits me on a less emotional level than his other work. There is plenty to like here. Reynolds in particular is excellent. The scenes between Wahlberg and Reilly's characters are among the most memorable in any Anderson film. There is a lot more humor from scene to scene than in most Anderson films, ironically that may be why I didn't connect with these characters as well as would have liked. The scene where Diggler and the boys go to a drug dealers house to rip him off best illustrates this. This is a scene that is ultimately where the protagonist of the movie hits rock bottom, but instead of feeling that emotion, I was laughing and shaking my head in disbelief. Don't misunderstand, I enjoyed this scene, and I think Anderson wanted us to see the absurdity. However instead of connecting with these characters as I have in other Anderson films, these moments disconnect me. For me moments like this are what takes this film from being great to just another good movie. Expand
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alwayswatchingDec 6, 2015
I guess I am not a Paul Thomas Anderson guy. His movies never attracted me and trust me, I tried very hard. I am sorry PT Anderson, I love you but somehow your movies are not for me.
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Dr.SteveH.Jun 19, 2003
Mildly amusing at times. Acting is a bit cornball. Heather Graham is gorgeous and sexy, Mark Wahlberg can't act his way out of a bag. Using real porn star Nina Hartley in a minor role was nice touch. Cool cars.
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AndrewM.Aug 8, 2004
I was not won over by this film. I will admit there are scenes that are wholly effective and work...but the finished product is unimposing and somewhat vacuous. The film doesn't really give us anything; there is a lot promised, little I was not won over by this film. I will admit there are scenes that are wholly effective and work...but the finished product is unimposing and somewhat vacuous. The film doesn't really give us anything; there is a lot promised, little delivered. For those that say it was an insight into the ropey, debauched lifestyle prevalent in the American adult industry during the 60's and 70's, just what exactly was so illuminating? What stunning revelations were shown? It all seemed to me second-hand news... drugs, parties, disco, money.... uh-huh, really, I did not know that! Anyway, I don't want to be too harsh... The film does have some redeeming qualities and is not without merit. Burt Reynolds is fantastic. He embodies his character perfectly and is impressively convincing. Graham and Moore aren't given much to work with but both do favourably. Wahlberg is as good as Wahlberg gets, which is average. The cinematography and production sets are the real high points - the film looks exactly like what it is portraying in most scenes. Very skillfully shot. But all in all, it's a film that is weaker than the sum of its parts and all the more undistinguished for it. Expand
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YoonC.Sep 14, 2003
Overreaching, meandering, shapeless cross-threading of narratives revolving around the porn world. Generally, a wallowing in self-pity, tiresome thematic gobbledygook about redemption, rather dumb and dirty exposure of America's Overreaching, meandering, shapeless cross-threading of narratives revolving around the porn world. Generally, a wallowing in self-pity, tiresome thematic gobbledygook about redemption, rather dumb and dirty exposure of America's cultural underbelly, all of which are made even more ludicrous by Anderson's cutesy quirky humor that aspires--laughably--to metaphysical vision of cosmic absurdity. Foul movie but not without decent performances and some nice touches. Expand
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