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In 1995, everyone had a VCR, music was sold in record stores, and the world wide web was a newfound 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.


Special Features

Commentary by Director George Gallo, Editor Malcolm Campbell and Cinematographer Lukas Ettlin
Deleted Scenes
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Slap Montage

Product Details

  • Actors: Luke Wilson, Giovanni Ribisi
  • Directors: George Gallo
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: February 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003Q6D20A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,276 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Middle Men [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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47 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Chris Pandolfi on August 9, 2010
Format: DVD
A section in the end credits for "Middle Men" asserts that, although it was inspired by a true story, the film is, in fact, a work of fiction. I've tended to find this annoying, especially in relation to horror movies. In the case of "Middle Men," however, the assertion fascinates me, for Christopher Mallick, the film's producer, has claimed that much of what we see - 80%, apparently - is based on his own experiences. A former chief executive of Paycom, the Texas-born entrepreneur was a key player in bringing the adult entertainment industry to the internet, pioneering the technology that makes online purchases, especially monthly memberships to porn sites, easy and secure. In essence, he was a middle man. His efforts have paid off; according to a set of statistics published by Jerry Ropelato in 2006, the annual revenue of internet porn was nearly $3 billion in the United States alone. I have no doubt that the rate has increased since then.

As to how much of this film is true, as to what facts have been embellished or altered or altogether made up, I obviously have no way of knowing. That, of course, only makes it that much more irresistible. In the film, Mallick is reinterpreted as Jack Harris (Luke Wilson), who begins as a respectable and competent businessman, having a knack for talking and negotiating with people of every flavor, including mobsters that enjoy busting people's kneecaps with baseball bats. Sometime between the mid to late 1990s, he becomes involved with Wayne Beering (Giovanni Ribisi) and Buck Dolby (Gabriel Macht), two Los Angeles cokeheads who realized they could build an empire by scanning dirty pictures onto their computer, posting them on the internet, and selling them for $9.99.
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A true story about the men who came up with the idea to sell adult entertainment off the internet. After two slackers (Ribisi & Gabriel Macht) make over a million dollars in two months by coming up with a program to make money off of internet porn the russian mob wants thier cut. They become partners with Jack Harris (Wilson) who takes thier business in to a legit area and makes them more money then they dreamed of. This movie really surprised me in the fact that I was expecting a straight comedy. While this movie had its really funny moments its also dramatic throughout. An amazing cast helps tell the story of someone other then Mark Zuckerberg getting rich off the internet. The events that happen in the movie made me wonder why I've never heard of this guy before. Overall this was a very enjoyable movie and I highly recommend it. I give it a B+.

Would I watch again? - Yes, I definately would
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Mcghee on September 13, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
The True Story about Middlemen?

Well, first, I will talk a little about the movie and quite possibly that will bring the truth out.

This movie is pretty damn good for a first time producer. Actually, it is pretty good and highly entertaining no matter how much experience the producer had. It is filled with well known actors who fully expected this movie to reach a high grossing status. The story is very loosely based on a true story. Yes, two guys got together and started a company that became a huge success in online billing for the pornographic industry.

Yes, the lead character did come in and help the company restructure itself and go on to grow even bigger. No, the Russian mob wasn't involved. No, the creators of the company weren't coke addicts. No, child pornography never was a part of the true story. If you ever met the two original creators you would say, "Ho, hum... You guys run a porn business? You two are the most vanilla, boring, uneventful people on the planet!"

Chris Mallick was the spice in the company and that spice helped bring more traditional, crazy, fast-paced, stereotypical people on board as customers. Back then porn "people" didn't trust you when there are no lines, strippers and booze flowing during a transaction meeting. So basically the role of the characters in that regard are reversed.

In order to make the movie Chris Mallick used the funds in his online debit card program. This meant that his customers were his un-whiting backers. This would have been alright had the film debuted to a full theater release of over 2,000 screens. Instead it debut to 250 screens. Each theater averaged $400+- showing it had enough power to hit over a million dollar gross per week.

So the movie didn't technically flop.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael O'Malley on December 30, 2011
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This is a movie that had me laughing because of funny things, ridiculous things, and stupid things. I would switch back and forth from admiration to disbelief. How could two "smart" guys come up with a genious plan and squander it? The Blu-ray is very good quality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr Vanish on November 24, 2012
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I was expecting a comedy, but it turned out to be some sort of elaborate caper. Great line-up of players. I had to know how it ended. I was most surprised by Gabriel Macht. I had only really seen him in a couple of things. It was entertaining for sure.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Inkhorn VINE VOICE on August 6, 2010
Format: DVD
Middle Men relates the story of Jack Harris, a family man, with the perfect wife, perfect family, and a successful businessman.

It's 1995, and the internet is taking off. Two foolish geniuses hit upon a multi million dollar idea to market porn over the internet. Unfortunately, they have partnered with the wrong people, and are in over their head. One of them has written a very valuable computer program, which I agree is very smart and revolutionises the way business is done over the internet.

When Jack is asked to bail these guys out, he sees a huge opportunity, and gets into business with them, and is extremely successful. However, complications ensue, and Jack's values, and his family life come under threat, and he ends up in some potentially compromising positions, some of his own making, and some through the wildcard players he has become involved with.

You may wonder who Audrey Dawn is. She is a porn star, convincingly played by Laura Ramsay, the hottest sexiest blonde I have seen in a while, and who gives a very convincing performance here. Definitely one to watch for in the future.

I came to the movie knowing vaguely that it was about the porn business, so I did not know what to expect, or even have high expectations. It turned out to be much better than I imagined. The fact that it is based on a true story added to my enjoyment, as otherwise it would have been quite unbelievable. The real character on whom this is based, Christopher Mallick is a also a producer of the movie.

Here is a quote from Jack Harris: Business is a lot like sex getting in is easy, pulling out is hard.

You may wonder what porn has to with the 'War on Terror.' It's a good thing to wonder, and you may be surprised by the answer.
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