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The Pornographer (1999)

R | | Drama | 5 March 1999 (USA)
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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Rated R for strong sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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An indie that meets big budget standards
12 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

This film follows the life of Paul, a paralegal who is horrible with women, and to be honest, he's basically a total loser that spends almost all of his time outside of work, renting, viewing, thinking about, and fantasizing about porn movies. It's clear why he can't get a date...he talks to girls like he's a scared ten year old boy. He does a good job at work, and his bosses seem to be pleased with his work, but it's just not enough for Paul. Being such a failure with women, he goes to a local hooker of all people for advice. She tells him to get tickets to a show and invite a girl to go with him. This doesn't work too well, being that Paul has absolutely no social skills whatsoever, so he turns to what else? Porn movies. Making his own porn movies that is. He gets an out of work actor and the hooker he went to for advice on women to star in his very very low budget films, and he gets to the point where he takes them to a big shot porn producer-hoping to get them distributed. He makes a deal with the producer, but he has to find a fresh new star in return, instead of the hookers he regularly uses for his movies. This all leads to Paul's downward spiral into the dark world of porn, and it goes from there.

The movie is really good, and unlike one of the other comments, I think the movie was shot really well. I think it had a very professional feel to it, and I applaud the director. The actors in this movie, tho very much unknown, are really awesome, and they make the film. It's an original story, and the characters are very complex...only problem is, I hated Paul so much. I mean, the guy is just horrible. He's not only weird, but in the end, it turns out that he's just like every other guy in the business he enters...cold and calculating, lying to women anyway he can to make money off of them. It's dark overall, yet I don't think the sex scenes are very graphic at all...some might disagree, but I didn't have a problem with that aspect. The writer/producer/director, first time filmmaker Doug Atchison is on the money here, and I think he did just a top rate job. The movie isn't for everyone, but I think in general, most people will like it. My rating 9/10.

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