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A very well made look into the porn industry in it's golden era that's not only a fun and hilarious watch, but it's a well made character piece and very, very frank and to a point disturbing in some places. Mark Whalburg shines here as Eddie "Dirk Digler," Adams a dropout who lives in a shitty home with an abusive mom. He has no brain or any normal aspirations but against all odds he meets a top porn producer and finds his way into the porn industry where becomes the top dog. Along the way he bangs a lot of women and wins a ton of awards but also gets addicted to coke and his life comes falling appart.
What makes this unique is the effort in giving the side characthers their own arcs. Burt Reynolds gives the best performance of his career as the porn producer in which he got an Oscar nom, he's really really good in this and def earned it. You also get great performances from Julliane Moore and Heather Graham as the porn babes, and you have William H Macy, Don Cheadle, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman as the tech guys who have their time to shine. Macy has a lot of heavy dramatic scenes and does excellent. Cheadle has a lot in the 2nd half and ends up the most likeable character in the piece.
The third act's really really out there but it ends a fun ride. As a time period film it demonstrates it well but there were a few missed opportunities character arc wise that just made it a little from perfect for me. Still a very solid film none the less.
Long before Paul Thomas Anderson explored human psychology, this film had long existed. Two and a half hours has never been tiring and Anderson managed to make everything unique. Conflicts, characters, sets, all are very detailed. A satire comedy in the form of a depressive drama or melancholia, "Boogie Nights" provides a very impressive, total viewing experience in exploring its theme. And of course, the last moment before credit, at least you can see how big Walhberg's penis was. Just God, is that real? I'm just speechless about that.
One of Mark Wahlberg's best films!
Some very cool aspects to it.
The best, GREATEST movie ever made!
Great movie, acting, casting are all top notch.
Didn't quite know what to expect from this movie. I guess it captures the 70s-80s-atmosphere quite well for a movie that was made in the mid 90s. But it falls short in many ways: scenario, rhythm, 70s style...
Boogie Nights: Simple yet a bit subtle, this second major debut from Paul Thomas Anderson is a lesser version of Eyes Wide Shut with with a mix of Goodfellas and Scarface, one less thought provoking and philosphical.
Boogie Nights is the work of an auteur. It is hard to imagine a 27 year old making this ensemble cast into an excellent flowing drama set in the pornographic industry of California. But then that kid is Paul Thomas Anderson- one of our current masters of cinema, it shouldn't be surprising. Mark Whalberg doesn't play too far from his real self in my opinion but it works for him. Ably supported by the likes of William H Macy, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Heather Graham and many more who would become Paul Thomas Anderson regulars Boogie Nights is a movie not to be missed.
Despite sometimes feeling imitative of Tarantino and Scorsese, P.T. Anderson delivers a robust work of complex storytelling set in the 1970s porn industry while also being completely self-aware-revealing the nihilism of its times and the narcissism of its protagonist-and never failing to entertain thanks to its acute sense of humor, smart script, excellent cinematography, and great performances.