The Pornographer (1999)

R  |   |  Drama  |  5 March 1999 (USA)
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A socially inept man's amateur porn film wins him a contract with a small-time pornography distribution company, where he faces a series of moral crises and is forced to face his own porn addiction.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael DeGood ...
Paul Ryan
Katheryn Cain ...
Security Guard -Jim
Marjorie Harris ...
Mariam Parris ...
Melinda Scherwinski ...
Franc Luz ...
Kristina's Father
Kristina's brother


A young, frustrated man (Michael DeGood) after indulging in prostitutes, makes some home pornography and decides to take it to an adult video producer (Craig Wasson). Promising fame, the young man is encouraged to go find ingenues to put in his films. This leads him to an innocent (Katheryn Cain), fresh off the bus in LA with actress aspirations. Ultimately the two are led into their own total humiliation and destruction. Written by John Sacksteder <>

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Rated R for strong sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Paul Ryan and the Unholy Grail
2 September 2002 | by (Leeds, England) – See all my reviews

Paul Ryan (Michael DeGood) is an immature and socially inadequate young man of 25 who satisfies his sexual desires by visiting prostitutes and watching pornography.

The early stages of the film are painful to watch for any man who has suffered rejection and at this stage of the film Ryan is a desperately lonely and unfulfilled young man craving intimacy with a woman on more than a sex for cash basis but failing miserably and anyone who has been there will feel his pain all too acutely.

Unfortunately, after watching grainy and badly made porno films Paul decides that he can do better. His early efforts are promising and bring him into contact with the horrible Spano (wonderfully played by Craig Wasson) a long time maker and distributer of such films, who promises the naieve young man stardom if he will introduce a fresh unspoiled new talent into his stable of porno queens.

Here the film strikes its one wrong note - if Ryan is so inarticulate and unpersuasive that he can't get a girl friend how come he is so persuasive at getting girls to act in porno films?

Basically, Ryan is still an innocent abroad; despite his familiarity with the mechanics of sex he is clueless when it comes to the mind games and stealthy exploitation endemic in the world he has entered.

The Pornographer is a well acted and sensitive film that will make you think and for my money a better film than its higher budget and jokey simulacrum 'Boogie Nights'

Best Line - (Spano) We make twenty percent of the movies rented; we're more popular than basketball!

No need to take this one home in a brown paper bag - 8 out of 10

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