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

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Jack Harris (Luke Wilson) is a legitimate Texas businessman who wanders off the straight-and-narrow path when he meets Wayne Beering (Giovanni Ribisi) and Buck Dolby (Gabriel Macht), a slimy pair of Internet porn profiteers. Jack's association with the men leads to his involvement with a host of other lowlifes, and though he tries to convince himself that he is staying clean in a dirty business, his disintegrating family situation proves otherwise.

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  • 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.

    January 3, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • Pretty much proffers everything you can want in a film based on the upstart company that brought porn to a computer screen near you.

    August 11, 2010 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • I never got the feeling Gallo and company figured out how to compress and focus their stories.

    August 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 soupon of pop sociology. There must be other ways to learn about pornography on the Internet.

    August 6, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/5
  • Zealously nasty fun which, surprisingly, ends on something of a note of upbeat grace and familial redemption...

    August 6, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Kind of a mess.

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

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  • 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.
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