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Middle Men (2010)

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Critic 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.
Rating:
R (for strong sexual content, nudity, language, drug use and violence)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama
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Box Office:
$723,714.00
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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
Terry Crews
as James
Kelsey Grammer
as Frank Griffin
Graham McTavish
as Ivan Sokoloff
Robert Forster
as Louie LA LA
John Ashton
as Morgan
Jason Antoon
as Denny Z
Martin L. Cove
as U.S. Senator
Martin Kove
as U.S. Senator
Diane Sorrentino
as Raven Swallows
Rade Sherbedgia
as Nikita Sokoloff
Stacey Alysson
as Alexandra Raines
Richard Wilk
as Hard Rock Hotel Host
Robert Della Cerra
as Bill Romero
Dexter Jasper
as Peanut
Claudia Jordan
as Cynthia
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
John Edmund Parcher
as Supervisor
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 (50) | Top Critics (19)

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.

Full Review… | January 3, 2011
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

I never got the feeling Gallo and company figured out how to compress and focus their stories.

August 10, 2010
At the Movies
Top Critic

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.

August 6, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

Kind of a mess.

Full Review… | August 6, 2010
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

This very well-acted, often amusing and dirty-minded hard-R film still stands out in a sea of market-driven blandness.

Full Review… | August 6, 2010
New York Post
Top Critic

Middle Men is an anxious film, but not in a good way, in that it doesn't generate suspense so much as dread.

Full Review… | August 6, 2010
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Middle Men

28/12/2012 (DVD)

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½

Money. Sex. Murder. Greed. Corruption. A good movie based on a true story. The movie plot is quite interesting and the director picked some good decent actors to play the parts. Ribisi and Wilson were great. Ending was excellent! In 1995, everyone had a VCR, music was sold in record stores, and the world-wide-web was a new found discovery. Businessman Jack Harris (Luke Wilson) had the perfect life a beautiful family and a successful career fixing problem companies. Then he met Wayne Beering (Giovanni Ribisi) and Buck Dolby (Gabriel Macht), two genius but troubled men, who had invented the way adult entertainment is sold over the internet. When Jack agrees to help steer their business, he soon finds himself caught between a 23 year-old porn star and the FBI all the while becoming one of the wealthiest entrepreneurs of his time. Witness a story so outrageous, you won't believe it's true. A story that proves business is a lot like sex getting in is easy, pulling out is hard.

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

Very well made independent film that is equal parts comedy, drama, and true to life story....it's actually Boogie Nights and Social Network all wrapped up in one really good film. Great performances by Luke Wilson and Giovanni Ribisi (my fave). Even though it's about the porn industry, and there is lots of nudity throughout (be warned), it really has little to do with sex. Good movie!

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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