The People vs. Larry Flynt
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||Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, Edward Norton, Brett
It's a movie about Hustler and Larry Flynt - not unless
you want you're kid to be like Larry. Wait a minute, maybe
you should take the kids? Well, maybe not, it's pretty much
an adult storyline. Hell, it's rated R, you make the choice.
If your lady can't stand the fact you subscribe to girly
magazines or go to gentlemen clubs, bring her along. She
might still hate them, but at least she might understand you
have a right to read that "smut" or go to those "nudie
None, but a lot of breasts.
Not really, except for a few gunshots.
No chase scenes here.
Lots of chuckles and grins.
Any scene involving either the courtroom or jacuzzi, but
also the one where Larry Flynt is held up in his mansion,
waiting until all three networks cover his arrest before he
Lots of lines. A couple of them go like these (all from
Larry Flynt - different scenes):"A woman's vagina has as
much personality as her face!", "There's nothing more
certain to ruin a relationship than marriage.", "I'm moving
somewhere where perverts are welcome.", and "I'm your dream
client. I'm fun, I'm rich, and I'm always in trouble."
Part of my job is seeing movies. Yea, it
sucks, especially when all of your friends are busy because then you
have to go alone. As much as those same friends say that is pathetic,
worse is going alone to a movie about one of the main players in the
development of the pornography industry. As I'm going to get my
ticket for "The People vs. Larry Flynt," I'm thinking that here I am,
going alone, to see a movie about Larry Flynt and the growth of his
Hustler empire, and I'm almost feeling dirty - like I'm going solo
into a porn theater and should be wearing an overcoat. By the end of
this movie, though, this isn't a movie about what some people call
smut while others art. Nope, this is a movie with a love story, this
is a movie that shows the changing convictions of a man through his
life, and most of all, this is a movie that, whether you agree with
his publication or not, should make you thankful for the Larry
Flynt's of the world, those who fought to make sure we can still
write, say, and see the things we want.
The People vs. Larry Flynt
A Movie Review
Blah, blah, blah, yea, what about the damn movie? Well, I've got
to say that this is one of the best movies I have ever seen, and I'm
not really sure why. It's no action packed thriller, there are no hot
babes all over the screen (although I never realized it before but
Courtney Love has some really pretty eyes), I wasn't biting my nails
wondering what lurked around the corner, I wasn't lying on the floor
bustin' a gut from laughter, and there really wasn't any sex. What I
did find was that I paid attention to the whole movie - my mind
didn't wander, and I found myself saying "Shit, what a life," but I
couldn't tell if it was a bad or good life, just maybe a bizarre one.
Woody Harrelson plays Larry Flynt, and whether or not true to the
real Larry Flynt, he does a great job in portraying a man who first
starts worrying most about money, then goes to save his First
Amendment rights (and his money), and then, well, probably still
loving money, but would seemingly give it all (or at least a hell of
a lot of it) to save his AIDS stricken wife, Althea, played by
Courtney Love. Then there is that performance by Courtney. Most
critics are yelling for an Oscar. Me, I was just totally impressed by
her transformation from an underage stripper to a devoted wife to
being strung out on drugs and dying of AIDS.
I guess I really can't give the story away because it is sort of
the story of Larry Flynt so it's basic public knowledge, but the
movie kinda goes like this. It opens with a little Larry Flynt and
his brother selling 'shine from a shack in Kentucky. From there you
see the gleam in Larry's eye that he is destined for a life of, well,
he doesn't like people messing with his shit and will do everything
to protect it. Following through we see the birth of Hustler, Larry's
eating dinner and finding God, his getting shot and losing God, his
being paralyzed and finding drugs, his finding an operation and
losing drugs, his being thrown in jail and finding depression, his
getting out of jail and losing depression, his fighting for his First
Amendment rights and finding the system stinks, his fighting for
those same rights and finding the system doesn't stink that much, and
through it all, this story shows that it is possible for a man whose
life is seemingly filled with debauchery to truly love one woman and
it is possible for a woman whose life is in constant turmoil to truly
love one man. Wow, all of that in one movie, and it's funny at times,
In the end I'm still trying to figure out what kept me riveted to
this movie through the two hours. Sure, there was a great supporting
cast in this movie. Edward Norton does a great job portraying Alan
Isaacman, Larry's lifelong attorney, Brett Harrelson is good as Jimmy
Flynt, and Jerry Falwell does a fine job of portraying himself.
Hmmmm. Maybe it was how Larry could always throw a little humor into
any situation, maybe it was his desire to always hang just a little
over the edge, or maybe it was just because everything in this movie
worked together. I don't know, I just thought this was one hell of a
I can't help but hope that out there, somewhere in internet land,
is somebody with the drive, determination, and sometimes seeming
insanity to fight for the continuation of our First Amendment rights
the way Larry did during his life. May they have as much fun as Larry
Flynt seemed to have in the movie, find a woman (or man if a woman is
doing the fighting, or a man if they prefer that, or well, a partner)
who is truly devoted and stands by them through it all, and may they
not get shot.
I give "The People vs. Larry Flynt" 4 1/2 stars out of 5.
That's it for this one, I'm The Dude on the Right! L8R!!!