Thursday, 27 September 2012

The Meddle Min

Recently I finished an online course on the history of the internet. That didn't cover the pornography industry, which, while understandable, does skip over a large motivation for a lot of innovation. Perhaps it might have been able to get a few people to find out about that if it referred to this movie.

Based on a true story (yeah, right) of one of the producers (well, maybe then): two idiots set up a billing website, basically creating the idea of credit card transactions over the internet. They get rich, but, as mentioned, they are idiots. In comes Jack Harris, who establishes their business side, and slowly gets entranced into the pornographic side as well, to the detriment of his family. Then, mixing in a Russian mob, other people who are trying to screw over these people, and the FBI, it gets messier right up to the end.

I'm not sure I would go all out on 'comedy', but certainly 'nicely light' is appropriate. Luke Wilson is Jack, and he looks like he has put on a few pounds. Other actors scattered through this are Giovanni Ribisi, James Caan, Kevin Pollak, Rade Serbedzija and even a cameo by Kelsey Grammer.

This would be rather ignorable and generic, although the 'true story' nature does give it extra interest power.


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