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Middle Men (2010)

Luke Wilson , Giovanni Ribisi , George Gallo  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Luke Wilson, Giovanni Ribisi
  • Directors: George Gallo
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: February 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003Q6D200
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,794 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Middle Men" on IMDb

Special Features

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

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Middle Men argues pretty convincingly that Internet commerce wouldn't be possible without porn. Two cocaine-driven would-be pornographers named Wayne (Giovanni Ribisi, Avatar) and Buck (Gabriel Macht, The Spirit) invented the credit card protocol that makes buying over the Internet possible--and then came close to capsizing from their own indulgences and some bad decisions involving Russian mobsters. That's where Jack Harris (Luke Wilson, The Royal Tenenbaums) came in. Harris is simply a levelheaded guy who can see solutions where others only see problems--and he sees the potential to make more money than even Buck and Wayne had dreamed. What's most surprising about Middle Men is how a movie based on a true story featuring porn stars and Russian gangsters has turned out a bit bland--particularly since it's written and directed by George Gallo, who wrote one of the most character-rich screenplays ever, Midnight Run. Of course, as one of the movie's producers is the man on whom Jack Harris is based, it was unlikely that Harris would be depicted as anything but a fundamentally decent guy who lost his way for a while. Despite this, Middle Men features an abundance of entertaining supporting performances (Kelsey Grammer, James Caan, Kevin Pollack, and Robert Forster make pungent appearances) and many of the true-to-life twists are startling. Above all, Rade Serbedzija (Before the Rain) gives the movie a jolt of pure menace as the Russian mob boss. --Bret Fetzer

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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.

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46 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Internet is for Porn 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Despite a great cast Middle Men is barely worth the time February 11, 2013
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With such a great cast this seemed to be a solid bet but both my wife and I were disappointed. And how this is in the Comedy section is a mystery. Yes it had a few funny moments but its definitely not a comedy. At the end of the movie we both wished we had made a different choice. As a "based on true event" type movie it was interesting but even then you will probably find many other movies that are more entertaining and have better character development. I kept feeling like there were points in the story that were being left out just to make the main character look better.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fours stars? You've got to be kidding January 5, 2013
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Gratuitous titty, losers turned rich boys, and so much more, Middle Men really offers little except a predictable story line and the promise of a boring evening in front of the tube. It's not particularly entertaining or memorable. I was left simply wishing I had picked something else.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mirror of life April 17, 2013
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This film mimics life, in that is seems the dumber you are, the more open
people seem to be toward your ideas!!!

Loved the movie and I will watch again with friends, loads of laughs...
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4.0 out of 5 stars More than I bargained for. 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Movie April 10, 2012
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Format:DVD
Pleasantly surprised. Was hoping there'd be more about the business side of how these guys got rich and the internet payment boom, but entertaining nonetheless.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie and good BD December 30, 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!,,
What a awesome, crazy, and amazing movie based on true events. It's hard to believe, and very cool. Very entertaining movie, with all the twist that could only come from real life. Read more
Published 2 months ago by hank griffin
3.0 out of 5 stars it's fine
I bought it because it has Luke Wilson in it and he delivered a fine performance but overall it was a rather predictable movie and it didn't really do much for me. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Peter J.
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great little movie
Just a great little movie, and it is based on a true story no less. Laura Ramsey as Audrey Dawn is just plain hot, heck if she starts a porn site, I'm in. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sloburn
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny
Very entertaining story about the first people to get involved in the internet porn industry. I did think the story would be a little more interesting but other than that it was a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by MSE fanatic
4.0 out of 5 stars NOT a comedy...
Very good but a comedy it isn't. There are parts that make you smile, maybe even laugh, but it's a rather intense drama.
Published 3 months ago by Kone
5.0 out of 5 stars You should watch this movie
good movie that never got to screen. very good - funny, thrilling and entertaining. some nudity, not for kids, for sure.
Published 4 months ago by MickyShell
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I must say that I was not expecting as much out of the movie that I got. Very enjoyable, must see movie! The twist and turns will keep you guessing until the very end. Great movie.
Published 7 months ago by Rod Roadifer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
I'm sorry this movie was not widely shown in theaters. I think a lot of people would have liked it.
Published 10 months ago by Alex
2.0 out of 5 stars bad film
not good on many levels. I should have known just by the subject matter that this movie would start bad and end worse
Published 11 months ago by Young Reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies of the decade!
It astonishes me that this movie fell so completely under the radar. So rediculous in fact that it's a total sin, because this film should have been on the list of 2009's nominated... Read more
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