Middle Men

2010

Middle Men

Critics Consensus

Middle Men benefits from a solid cast, particularly Luke Wilson, but its muddled script lets them down.

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Luke Wilson, Giovanni Ribisi, and Gabriel Macht headline director/co-screenwriter George Gallo's fact-based period comedy detailing the rise of the internet porn business in the mid-'90s. Businessman Jack Harris (Wilson) made his living solving other people's problems. Wayne Beering (Ribisi) and Buck Dolby (Macht) were two technological innovators with a plan to make a mint by selling pornography online. When Jack met Wayne and Buck, it was a match made in money heaven. Before long the trio was making 200,000 dollars a day, but it wouldn't last. When a young porn star begins muscling Jack from one side and the FBI starts asking questions on the other, the foolproof plan to get wealthy beyond his wildest dreams becomes an inescapable trap that threatens to break up his family and destroy his livelihood. Kelsey Grammer, Kevin Pollack, Terry Crews, and Christopher McDonald co-star.

Cast

Luke Wilson
as Jack Harris
Giovanni Ribisi
as Wayne Beering
Gabriel Macht
as Buck Dolby
James Caan
as Jerry Haggerty
Jacinda Barrett
as Diana Harris
Kevin Pollak
as Curt Allmans
Laura Ramsey
as Audrey Dawns
Rade Serbedzija
as Nikita Sokoloff
Kelsey Grammer
as Frank Griffin
Graham McTavish
as Ivan Sokoloff
Robert Forster
as Louie LA LA
Jason Antoon
as Denny Z
Martin L. Cove
as U.S. Senator
Martin Kove
as U.S. Senator
Diane Sorrentino
as Raven Swallows
Stacey Alysson
as Alexandra Raines
Richard Wilk
as Hard Rock Hotel Host
Robert Della Cerra
as Bill Romero
Jack Barnes
as Adam (5 months)
Christian Michael Clark
as Michael (age 9)
Hunter Gomez
as Young Jack (age 15)
Shannon Whirry
as Screaming Mother
Price Mitchum
as Goth Kid
Suzanne Kent
as Woman in Vet's Office
Ky-Moni Abraham
as Bartender
Tami Donaldson
as Receptionist
Ginger Williams
as Secretary
Nick Sowell
as Josh Posner
Ron Cadwell
as Towncar Driver
Ron Caldwell
as Towncar Driver
Sanel Budimlic
as Russian Thug #1
Argam Pogosjan
as Cousin Yuri
Brady Stanley
as Teenage Michael
Shane Shields
as Dean Loomis
Tom Noga
as Farmer
Jesse Jane
as Herself
Jim Devoti
as News Reporter
Krista Braun
as News Reporter #2
Raj Suri
as Pakistani Terrorist
Frank Pesce
as Bar Patron
Tisa McKay
as AVN Bartender
Tisa McCay
as AVN Bartender
Malorie Charak
as AVN Guest #1
Gregory Nicholas Vrotsos
as Arresting Officer
Julie Lott
as Jessie "River Dancer"
Lauren Gallagher
as Sacred Hooker
Brittany Blasier
as Cocktail Waitress
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Critic Reviews for Middle Men

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (32)

  • Is Jack, who is patterned on a real-life character, sociopathic or just plain clueless? Gallo doesn't seem to care. He cares about parading before us lowlifes living the high life.

    Jan 3, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • I never got the feeling Gallo and company figured out how to compress and focus their stories.

    Aug 10, 2010
  • Mr. Gallo, for his part, is content to decorate a fairly conventional, intermittently entertaining crime chronicle with a bit of skin and a soupçon of pop sociology. There must be other ways to learn about pornography on the Internet.

    Aug 6, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/5
  • Kind of a mess.

    Aug 6, 2010 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • This very well-acted, often amusing and dirty-minded hard-R film still stands out in a sea of market-driven blandness.

    Aug 6, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Middle Men is an anxious film, but not in a good way, in that it doesn't generate suspense so much as dread.

    Aug 6, 2010 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Middle Men

  • Oct 14, 2012
    Really interesting story - also I thought Giovanni Ribisi stood out and gave a great performance.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer
  • Feb 01, 2012
    "What starts in laughter, ends in tears." In "Middle Men," Wayne(Giovanni Ribisi), a disgraced veterinarian, and Buck(Gabriel Macht, of "Suits"), a disgraced rocket scientist, dream of hitting it big in Los Angeles but do not have the energy to accomplish much of anything. On the spur of the moment, Buck creates a program to charge credit cards for pornographic photos they scan into the internet, in order to make a little cash on the side. Eventually, the scheme works better than their wildest dreams. At the same time, they need original material which leads them to a strip club run by Nikita Sokoloff(Rade Serbedzija), a Russian mobster, who in order to let them photograph there, gets a share of the business. Except, they forget to pay. So, Jerry Haggerty(James Caan), a lawyer ten seconds away from being indicted, arranges for Jack Harris(Luke Wilson) to arrange a settlement without anybody getting killed. Ably performed by a very good cast(of them, Laura Ramsey, playing a porn star, almost steals the movie), "Middle Men" is an irreverent look at the development of an innovation that changed the internet and therefore our lives.(Somebody got robbed of a Nobel Prize that year.) As the movie is inspired by a true story, it should come as no surprise that the wildest sounding part of the movie, a plot tangent in the second half, also rings the truest, considering what we have found out in the past year. That fits in well with the movie going after hypocrisy, considering how open a secret masturbation is. First on the list, is Jack, the protagonist and narrator of the movie. While he has no interest in being a pornographer as a family man, he sure keeps some interesting company in either mobsters or NRA members. All of which the movie is ambivalent about. In any case, what separates Jack from Buck and Wayne is he does not do drugs, allowing him to think clearly about who he is dealing with. On the other hand, if Buck and Wayne had not used drugs, they would not have made so much money, and we would probably be on Mars by now.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 05, 2011
    Disclaimer says this is based on true events and company in it is a real pioneering company, but also says all events charactors and events are fictional, so basically take it for what it is, but its amusing and sometimes edgy enough tale showing another glimpse at fortunes made during the internet infancy years. some interesting moments and Luke wilson is a good watch as is Giovanni ribisi. a good watch.
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Apr 21, 2011
    Not terrible, but not that good either. It wants to be Goodfellas with internet and porn added in the mix. Luke Wilson isn't bad, he had some great scenes. I was surprised how much the film worked, but it's unbelievable. I kind of wanted the main guy in this to be more of a badass - cinema, in general, needs more of that - but he was just a middle man. This is a middle of the road flick and not Goodfellas, which is unfair to want this movie to be, but, fuck, it really wants to be that movie so hard.
    matt s Super Reviewer

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