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Ron Jeremy is a small, overweight, hairy 48-year-old from the Bronx who loves to be the center of attention. In fact, he can be really annoying in that regard. Overall, his is an unremarkable personality; indeed, he's the kind of guy you might want to avoid at a party. There is, however, one striking thing about this man: He has acted for more than 20 years in porno films.
"Pornstar: The Legend of Ron Jeremy" is writer-producer-director Scott J. Gill and producer Kirt Eftekhar's film about this strange character. Jeremy has attained his "celebrity" status in the netherworld of porn because he is such an unlikely figure. But the movie accepts his celeb status all too quickly and follows him to airports, studios, parties and conventions in a kind of awe-struck daze.
Along with Jeremy himself, Gill and Eftekhar interview female co-stars and porn directors, producers and publishers. Yet other than all-too-brief interviews with Jeremy's sister and father, who seem fully accepting of his chosen profession, the filmmakers never get any viewpoints outside the porn community. The film contains hints about the loneliness of such a life, including mention of a woman he might have created a loving family with had he overcome his reluctance to give up his "glamorous" lifestyle. But "Pornstar" never truly explores this area. Jeremy is merely treated as a curio, with much of the commentary by him and others taken at face value. Only Screw magazine publisher Al Goldstein brings the actor into his cross hairs when he castigates Jeremy for his relentless self-promotion and absurd dream of crossing over into mainstream moviemaking.
As a window into a world that turns most social values upside down, "Pornstar" is fascinating. But as a documentary that wants to examine in any critical way the social phenomenon of porn and people who can't extricate themselves from that industry, the film falls flat.
PORNSTAR: THE LEGEND OF RON JEREMY
A Scott J. Gill film
Producers Kirt Eftekhar, Scott J. Gill
Writer-director-editor Scott J. Gill
Executive producer Tom Goldberg
Directors of photography Ralph King, Jason Ware
Music Carvin Knowles
Running time -- 75 minutes
No MPAA rating
1 item from 2004
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