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Middle Men Review

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1.0

Dave White Profile

Porn is really bad, y'all. Seriously. Read full review

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  • 3.0
    60

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Who would have believed a film with this much skin and reckless, life-threatening excess could end up a rather dull muddle?

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    This cranked-up drama wants it both ways.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Decidedly stimulating in its own right, at least in the early going.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Think "Boogie Nights" meets "Casino," though it's not likely to make the lasting impression of either seminal film.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

History of the Internet porn industry; not for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Middle Men -- a fictional history of the Internet porn industry -- is filled with naked women (mostly topless), sexual imagery, and sex talk, as well as tons of foul language and overindulgence in drugs, booze, and cigarettes. It tries to establish a theme about the importance of family, but it's really more of a wealth fantasy and a celebration of people who are crafty enough to get rich. In other words, it may be interesting and well-made, but it's not age appropriate for anyone who's not mature -- physically or emotionally.

  • Families can talk about how the movie depicts sex. Is it realistic? Does it address the consequences of the actions it shows?
  • Jack likes to claim that he's no more a pornographer than a hotel owner. But is what he's doing right, wrong, or somewhere in between?
  • How does the movie portray the porn industry? Do you think the "glamour" that seduces Jack is accurate?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: There's an argument to be made that the movie has a message about the true meaning of family, but the film's overall theme is one of wealth fantasy and a celebration of people who managed to figure out a way to become filthy rich, no matter how sleazy or lowdown their methods were.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Main character Jack Harris is brave, level-headed, and friendly, and his ultimate goal is to stay true to his family ... but he strays off that path more than once (including having a sexual affair with a porn star). Just about everyone else behaves badly most of the time.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: A minor character is punched, hard, in the head, and the blow kills him. Characters are slapped and punched and threatened with guns. A character is shot in the foot. A boy is kidnapped but not harmed. Loud arguments and squabbling with name-calling, pushing, and grabbing.

  • sex false5

    Sex: The movie takes place in the porn industry. Characters appear to be having sex in crowd scenes, and the camera glances over them. Countless naked girls, mostly topless; a montage of men masturbating to their computer screens; "girl-on-girl action"; oral sex; a girl being seductive for the camera. The main character cheats on his wife with a porn star, and they're shown in bed together. Constant sex talk.

  • language false5

    Language: Constant strong language includes almost every word in the book, from many uses of "f--k" and "motherf--ker" to "s--t," "bitch," "ass," "a--hole," "prick," "numbnuts," "idiot," "moron," "whore," "scumbag," "p---y," and lots of others.

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Mentions of companies like Visa, MasterCard, and Amazon, but nothing recurring or important to the story.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The main character doesn't do drugs, but two secondary characters have serious drug problems, mainly with cocaine. They're often shown snorting the drug or already high; it affects their work and their lives. They also smoke cigarettes, in the beginning, before they're rich enough to afford hard drugs. Characters also drink alcohol almost constantly -- everything from beer to hard liquor -- though no one is shown to be an alcoholic.

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