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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
Outtakes
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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003Q6D20A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,435 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Middle Men [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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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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The critics didn't like this movie. They said the script was bad. I say the critics wouldn't know a plot if it showed up and kicked them in the balls. The situations are realistic and drawn from human nature. Jack, the protagonist, narrates, and his character is consistent and has depth. The other characters are not developed, but they don't need to be because the focus is on him: he tells the story and we watch him reacting to his gradual descent from family man to business mogul, and, in the end, to the s*** storm that inevitably engulfs him. The plot involves technology and porn, two things which have a tendency to over power a film, tech with its gratuitous special effects (Star Trek I, dozens of films since) and porn, well, for obvious reasons. This film deftly used both without boring us with needless technical details or sexual titillation. The only thing I didn't like about the film is the “here's what happened to everyone” textual roundup at the end—because it's a cliché and it wasn't necessary: the script, the plot, and the acting made it obvious where everyone was headed.
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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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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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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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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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