Men is an interesting film about the rise of pornography on the internet
but more particularly the men that first started charging for this
service. The men in question include Wayne Beering (Giovanni Ribisi) and
Buck Dolby (Gabriel Macht) who just like Mark Zuckerberg from Facebook,
made what pornography on the net is today. You know what I mean and I'm
sure Dr. Google has accidentally popped something up that it
in their wildest dreams did they believe how successfully their idea
would become which sparked a true worldwide chain reaction.
Unfortunately these two innocent fools did not understand the
ramifications of their idea and this is where business-man Jack Harris
(Luke Wilson) comes into the picture.
is known as a middle man and a person who can almost fix any
business mess but when he becomes involved in the lucid world of
pornography, this mild mannered family man soon gets involved in the
seedy side of this business.
Harris, this includes sex, drugs, crime and unfortunately violence in
this real-world story based on Christopher Mallick. At times Middle Men
is reminiscent of Boogie Nights and director George Gallo does a great
job at creating this underbelly to the world of pornography on the
direction helps create a rather realistic, funny if not depressing
snapshot of pornography as when money can be made out of virtually
nothing, every criminal in the town wants a piece of the action.
that said, all the actors in the film are well cast and offer a sense of
realism and comedy to the story such as the two masterminds, Beering and
Dolby who seem to have been bumbling along in life... until they struck
it rich. At times the dialogue is a little forced and contrived but
overall, Gallo does a good job at retelling how the internet became
Although based on a true story, there is little evidence to tell how
much is real and how much is false. Nonetheless, this film features some
good video and audio quality for a relatively unknown drama. In terms of
extras, we get commentary with the director, outtakes and some deleted
scenes. It may not be the best movie of the year but I enjoyed it and it
really offers something uniquely different to what is currently