Boogie Nights (1997)
USA / English
"Everyone has one special thing "The story of a young man's adventures in the Californian pornography industry of the 1970s and 1980s.
A very well told story;
This is an excellent movie that is vibrant, colourful and powerful. The
performances are all very good, but the big surprise is the return of Burt
Reynolds. His performance is the most notable, and he duly rewarded with a
Golden Globe and an Academy Award nomination. Boogie Nights is about the
pornography industry in the 70's, and how it all fell apart in the 80's.
first half, revolving around the 70's, is plausible and believable;
entertaining and informative. Although the film falls apart in the second
half, and descends into a lot of unnecessary, graphic violence.
Eddie Adams (Mark Wahlberg) is the protagonist of the movie. He is
one night at a club by porn king Jack Warner (Reynolds), and is offered a
deal to star in a movie. Warner remarks that, "I just know there's
wonderful under those jeans just waitin' to get out." And that marks the
entrance for Eddie into the sleazy, slutty, though human world of porn and
sex. Boogie Nights follows his first appearance as a naive young actor to
drug hampered, egomaniacal lunatic who spirals down into the world of
and Cocaine. Along the way, it deals with sub plots dealing with
and the surrogate families that establish themselves amidst the echelons;
the prejudice that society carries to porn stars and the dirty, utterly
disgraceful life they lead.
Although the film deals with sex and porn, there is not an obscene amount
of it, and the director censors these scenes so it is not explicit. The
viewers gather that Eddie Adams (or Dirk Diggler, the pseudonym he assumes
for acting) has a prodigious member lurking under his jeans. But, until
final scene, all we see to indicate that is the stunned reactions by peers
The script is very good, but the film is overly long. It could be called
epic at a length of 155 minutes, but the time passes quickly. Despite
Nights' flaws and shortfalls, it is a very good movie worthy of the
Nine out of ten.