Thursday, January 9, 2014

The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

IMDb plot summary: A partially idealized film of the controversial pornography publisher and how he became a defender of free speech for all people.
Directed by Milos Forman. Starring Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love and Edward Norton.

This was... an awkward and uncomfortable movie to watch. Not because of the explicit content or anything like that, but because Larry Flynt was such an awkward and uncomfortable character. His mood and attitude swing wildly back and forth all throughout the movie. Rather than drawing me into the story, that instability made me feel like there *wasn't* a concrete character being portrayed here. And maybe that was the idea. It might have done its job well, but what it gave me was someone who I didn't particularly care to spend two hours with. Despite enjoying the interesting questions throughout about freedom of speech and such, I breathed a little sigh of relief when the flick was finally over. 1.5 stars.

Flickchart: #1387 out of 1982, below Monkey Business and above The Defiant Ones.

Buy it on Amazon for $9.99.

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