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Chronicles Jack Harris, one of the pioneers of internet commerce, as he wrestles with his morals and struggles not to drown in a sea of conmen, mobsters, drug addicts, and pornstars.

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Wayne Beering and Buck Dolby are drugged out geniuses with lots of ideas but they can never seem to get their act together. But when they come up with the idea to create a porn site - and charge for it (the first ever site to do so), their idea may be too lucrative for them to handle. Straight-laced business man, Jack Harris, is brought in to team up with them and turn their profitable idea into a legit business. Making money in the pornography industry is pretty easy, but staying true to yourself when surrounded by that much wealth, luxury, sex, crime and temptations, is much harder. Written by napierslogs

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In 1995, music was still bought in record stores. There was a VCR in every house. And you couldn't buy anything online ... until they came along. See more »

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Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language, drug use and violence | See all certifications »

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25 November 2010 (Germany)  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$325,641 (USA) (6 August 2010)

Gross:

$723,714 (USA) (20 August 2010)
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Trivia

Based on the true story of Christopher Mallick, one of the producers of the movie. He still owns an internet billing company. See more »

Goofs

Though set in 1997, when walking into the bar to meet the Russians for the first time, the car out side is a 2008 Ferrari f430. In 1997, a f355 would have been correct. See more »

Quotes

Jack Harris: I have no interest in making a living creating porn.
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References Splendor in the Grass (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Everybody Wants To Rule The World
Written by Chris Hughes (as Christopher Hughes), Roland Orzabal and Ian Stanley
Performed by Tears for Fears
Courtesy of Mercury Records Limited
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Every one watches is but no one wants to admit
24 March 2011 | by (Colombo -Sri Lanka) – See all my reviews

'Middle Men' is not entirely true yet a fantasy created combining true events. As a viewer I have no idea which is really true and which is fiction but one thing true is that it's never boring.

Buck and Wayne are two genius guys who actually don't know that they are about to become millionaires by creating world's first porn site which requires a membership payment to access. They seem to be having everything but lacking some important aspects like living sober and teamwork. Though they come up with this great idea they practically manages to screw everything up within months by not knowing decent business ethics and keeping up the promises to the partners. This is where Jack Harris comes in who is a legit business man and a problem solver who turns the already million dollar porn business in to new heights by creating a middle party online billing concept. These 3 people who ultimately become victims of their own success, and digs deep in to unknown territory getting involved with very dangerous people.

The story telling is quite catchy in 'Middle Men'. It's fast phased and cannot be backtracked if you miss a line yet gives mood to the whole plot. It starts from the end and finishes from the end. The middle is the beginning! Buck and Wayne played by Gabriel Macht and Giovanni Ribisi respectively are two unique characters. They practically create the cash and demolish everything skillfully. Jack on the other hand played by Luke Wilson is an intelligent businessman who stops at nothing when he wants to achieve something. The whole plot is a struggle between these 3 people who just fails to find common ground even though they keep on earning millions of money by doing the same thing.

There is a kind of rush throughout the movie. This is created strongly using sex and money hand in hand with crime and desire. You will feel like each of these people are time bombs which is about to blow up eventually. Yet they exist like they will live forever. Except Jack who does a very smart move by creating an opportunity of out a grave danger.

A good load of entertainment and some background info on how internet porn and billing has come to light from 80s. It's never good to forget the history coz the future is shapes upon it!

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