People vs. Larry Flint
Starring: Woody Harellson, Courtney Love, Edward Norton
Directed by: Milos Foreman
People vs. Larry Flint is as diabolically opinionated as the
real-life Mr. Flint himself . I mean that in a most positive way.
Like the real Larry Flint, the film doesn't scurry around subject
matter and while you may or may not dig Flint's personal rise
as the notorious "smut peddler" he's become, there's
no getting' around the fact that America's spirit was born from
people this brave. People determined to keep their rights to be
who they want to be in the forefront. I dug it.
Harrelson plays Larry Flint without so much an impersonation but
more of a humanization of this somewhat "sleazy" character,
and he is simply incredible. Squeezing into Harrelson's spellbinding
centerfold is a wildly entertaining Courtney Love as Flint's love-time
love/wife, Edward Norton is a nebbish sort of attorney, and that
yummy Crispin Glover shows up to subtly steal some scenes as Arlo,
Flint's longtime friend and worker-bee.
Larry Flint (Woody Harrelson) always dug porn and porn
related paraphernalia. He begins his carrer in "entertainment"
with a couple of strip clubs. Then he decided a great advertising
hook would be a newsletter filled with his babes on parade - thusly
enticing more clientele.
was already very strong and Flint wanted a piece of the pubic
pie. So he very shortly upgraded his "newsletter" into
a four color pictorial - using text to disguise the work as a
periodical. He became a millionaire and Hustler Magazine was born.
as quickly as his scandalous empire grew, so did Flint's enjoyment
of stretching the first amendment right to freedom of speech till
it was cellophane thin. Not only was he outspoken about his mission
and lust for sex, but also he also decided instead of artsy -fartsy
barely bare girly shots his magazine would show the whole kitten's
kanoodle. Flint may be responsible for the term "beaver shot"
though I am not sure
this bare-all style caused a huge wave of controversy and Flint
(a very cocky fellow) was up for it. He was a showman of Barnum
and Bailey proportions - though of course kids were not his audience.
No the courts of America were.
and his merry gang of porn peddlers were changing the rules and
not everyone was gung ho. Love him or hate him - Flint's an American
original, complete with the old rags to riches story and several
Milo Foreman makes this "based on a true story" of an
eccentric (and successful) businessmen completely mesmerizing.
It doesn't judge and it doesn't pretty things up while staying
- for the most part - mainstream. Of course it's not a holiday
family viewing choice or anything - but for film enthusiasts,
The People VS. Larry Flint" should be immediately procured.
Snack Recommendation: Cheese Wiz and Beer
Edition DVD Features:
Multiple Audio Choices
Wide Screen Presentation
Cast Commentary featuring:
Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, Edward Norton
Writer Commentary featuring:
Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski
Larry Flint Featurette
and much more!