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Rated X (2001)




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Having created an empire on girly shows and skin flicks, Jim Mitchell and Artie Mitchell achieved mainstream success with Behind the Green Door (1972), one of only a handful of hardcore porn movies to do so. Brothers Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen star in the film about the life and troubled times of porn's dynamic duo. Opening with the 1991 fratricidal murder of Artie (Sheen) at the hands of Jim (Estevez, who also directs), the film flashes back to their father lecturing them on the importance of family. In 1967, while studying film at San Francisco State, Jim's professor (Peter Bogdanovich) upbraids him for including numerous leering shots of half-naked women in his student works. Soon Jim along with his brother, fresh out of the Army, starts a smut studio in an old warehouse. Their business takes off, and in no time they are being harassed by the police for obscenity. Along the way, the two hire former Ivory Snow model Marilyn Chambers, get married, and snort half of the cocaine in Bolivia. After the fleeting success of Green Door, their lives spiral into a drug-addled hell. Jim eventually bottoms out, but Artie, wracked by a profound inferiority complex, slides into cocaine dementia and begins to threaten Jim's family. Things eventually boil over, culminating in that bloody night in 1991. This film was screened at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Television
Directed By:
Written By: Norman Snider, Anne Meredith, David Hollander, Norman Snider
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 6, 2001
Showtime Networks Inc.


Charlie Sheen
as Artie Mitchell
Emilio Estevez
as Jim Mitchell
Tracy Hutson
as Marilyn Chambers
Megan Ward
as Meredith
Terry O'Quinn
as J.R. Mitchell
Nicole de Boer
as Karen Mitchell
Deborah Grover
as Georgia Mae
Dylan McFayden
as Young Jim
Taylor Estevez
as Teenage Jim
Eric Cabral
as Young Artie
Jeff Mallory
as George McDonald
Robert Clark
as Teenage Artie
Loretta Jafelice
as First Grade Teacher
Paul Brian Anderson
as Principal Evans
Elva Mai Hoover
as Principal's Secretar...
Craig Ryan
as Demonstrator
Peter Bogdanovich
as Film Professor
Brad Hopkins
as Bill Boyer
Derek Aasland
as Jon Fontana
Sadie LaBlanc
as Hippie Girl
Tim MacMenamin
as San Francisco Cop
Rodger Barton
as Det. Solly Weiner
Geoffrey Blake
as Michael Kennedy
John Andersen
as Reporter
Lawrence Z. Dane
as Robert De Salvo
Bruce Vavrina
as FBI Agent
Nigel Hamer
as `Green Door' M.C.
Joanne Boland
as Co-Worker
Jef Mallory
as George McDonald
Ray Kahnert
as Policeman
Steve Pernie
as Policeman
Kevin Kelly
as Josh, the Tennis Coa...
Anton Tyukodi
as Lifeguard
Kim Poirier
as Jamie, the `Actress'
Reg Dreger
as Preacher
Ezra Perlman
as Young Aaron
Janessa Crimi
as Young Liberty
Hayley Lochner
as Shrieking Girl
Robyn Foster
as Infant Liberty
Asa Perlman
as Older Aaron
Luca Perlman
as Older Caleb
Brian Paul
as Principal Evans
Nicole deBoer
as Karen Mitchell
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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

The brother angle does give this story a distinctive dimension, and the brothers Estevez and Sheen, their pates shaved to help them represent the odd-looking Mitchells, do an uncanny, genuinely impressive job.

Full Review… | February 4, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

The film inevitably streamlines and neatens up the Mitchell's spectacularly messy lives. But for anyone who missed the short but influential era of porno chic, it's an eye-opener, a primer on how we got here from there.

Full Review… | February 4, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Intriguing, but Sheen and Estevez are not good enough to engross the viewer.

April 3, 2004

...this just isn't an interesting story, with the Mitchell brothers making for truly unsympathetic protagonists.

Full Review… | August 1, 2003
Reel Film Reviews

It took extraordinary caution to make a film this boring from the Mitchell Brothers' story.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for Rated X

fantastic!!! i love behind the green door and this is the mitchell bros story of their short rise and hard fall. and its great that real bros played the bros. i loved this movie!!!!!! it makes me want to be a porn director even more than i already do!

Its actually a pretty good movie. Don't let the title fool you, its not really rated x. But real life brothers Sheen and Esteves play the Mitchell brothers who started the porn business. Its not all about sex and it gets pretty interesting toward the end.

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