Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Middle Men


Luke Wilson, Giovanni Ribisi and Gabriel Macht star in this dark, fast paced drama based on a true story about guys who hit it big with a pornography website in the early days of the internet.  The supporting cast includes James Caan, Kevin Pollak, and Kelsey Grammar.  The film premiered at the Cannes film festival in 2009, had a limited release in theaters, and was just recently released on DVD and Blu-Ray.

This story of a good man getting in over his head isn't unique.  We've seen it time and time again.  But this film is very well made and the great cast makes for a very enjoyable viewing.  You can always count on Ribisi to deliver a delightfully explosive performance.  (Does anyone remember him as the adorable quivering 13 year old kid in 'My Two Dads', playing their daughter's boyfriend?  Well, that Ribisi is long gone, but the adult one is always a trip.)  And the always smooth James Caan is invariably a great addition to any movie.
If you like films involving striking it rich with internet porn, the Russian Mob, the Feds, and guys getting in over their heads as much as I do, then check this one out on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Grade: A-

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