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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)

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

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$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

(at around 1 min) Wayne and Buck walk past two cars while going into the strip club. The last time stamp says this is taking place in 1997. But the two cars they walk by are a Saleen S7 that wasn't in production until 2000, and a Ferrari F430 that was made before 2004. See more »

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Curt Allmans: Get out. Now. Yesterday, if possible.
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Buona Sera
Written by Peter De Rose and Carl Sigman
Performed by Louis Prima
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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"Middle Men" is caught in between a documentary and pornography
19 February 2011 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

In "Middle Men", Luke Wilson is a man caught in the middle between legitimate businesses and pornography. Both he and the film are caught somewhere between a documentary and a porno. With an interesting enough story about the beginnings of internet commerce, the film probably gets enough facts right to be able to say, "based on a true story".

Giovanni Ribisi and Gabriel Macht humorously play two drugged out "geniuses" with lots of ideas but no sense. When they create internet commerce and apply it to pornography they need straight man Jack Harris (Wilson) to turn it into a legit business. But before long they get him caught up in a world of money, drugs and porn stars, and then everybody needs help climbing out of that. Even the film. It loses some of its structure as we meet Russian mobsters, beautiful women and more money than you can even keep track of.

"Middle Men" is particularly well acted and interesting enough especially about a recent historical story that isn't very well known, that it can mostly be forgiven for its poor structure and confusion of genres. In between the documentary and pornography, we have comedy, crime and drama, and most other genres you can name.


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