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Boogie Nights (1997)


A job that I could make millions in, if I really wanted to. Yeah, it’s that huge.

Director Paul Thomas Anderson’s epic about the adult film industry stars Mark Wahlberg as a nightclub busboy who transforms himself into porn king Dirk Diggler and ultimately becomes intoxicated by success, cocaine and lofty aspirations. Set in the 1970s, the film features Oscar-nominated supporting performances by Burt Reynolds as skin-flick auteur Jack Horner and Julianne Moore as a veteran porn icon with maternal instincts.

When it comes to PT Anderson, he can take a normal script, and put it places you weren’t expecting. The screenplay is just pitch-perfect. There is a lot of dark comedy in the beginning, probably cause the whole idea of making these 70′s style porno films is pretty laughable, but by the end it dives into some deep, deep, dramatic areas that I wasn’t quite expecting. The story moves along at a narrow pace, and doesn’t lose you as Anderson is constantly going from one character to another. And that’s probably my favorite thing about this film, is that yeah, it’s a story about Dirk Diggler, but there’s also plenty of other stories to go along with it, and add on to the film.

The only problem with this film is that it never delves into anything more than a just a film about the porno industry, and “stardom”. I didn’t see what the message behind all this was, and although Anderson wasn’t down-grading porn, he wasn’t saying how great it was either. So I was confused on what the central message was behind this whole film, and I think it could have used one if went into deeper territory.

PT Anderson the director is even better, because not only does he do a great job at showing all these other different characters, but he follows them in such good pace, like your literally behind these people, and your there. And you feel like your there, because of the constant lively music (which I loved, get that soundtrack now), vibrant colors all over the place, and an overall feeling of a constant party. There is also some tense, well-played out scenes by the end, that just get inside of you, as their going on.

I have to give the most praise to the casting in this film, because everybody fits their own character so well. Mark Wahlberg gives his break-out performance here, and is just perfect and fits Dirk Diggler so well. he’s still a boy that was taken into a very adult world early, and you believe him when he has these problems, with his emotions, rage, and trying to become a star. Burt Reynolds give his best performance ever as Porn director Jack Horner, he’s calm, cool, and overall relaxed. He’s just a pretty chill guy, and I ‘d feel pretty comfortable getting busy in front of him. Julianne Moore is good here too, as basically the mom who can’t love herself, but can love everybody else. Her performance is just tragic and you feel so bad for her. John C. Reilly is in here too, and is as easily as likable, him and Wahlberg create this great buddy-buddy chemistry, that plays throughout the whole film, and has you still liking both even when they become total deuches at times. Philip Seymour Hoffman has another tragic performance as the man that becomes infatuated with Diggler, and can not just understand what love really is. Other people in this film are Don Cheadle, Thomas Jane, Alfred Molina, William H. Macy, the always funny Luis Guzman. The cast is perfect, and you can tell that Anderson really does have a lot of love for these people and how they react to life.

Consensus: Though it never goes deep enough, Boogie Nights is a great ride from PT Anderson, complete with a pitch-perfect cast, inspired script and direction, and just the overall feel of your actually there.

9/10=Full Pricee!!!

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16 responses to “Boogie Nights (1997)

  1. Craig Bromyard August 21, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    A clear, thorough and detailed review! I agree with most points here – good job! :)

  2. Mark Maguire August 22, 2010 at 12:32 am

    Thanks, great review. Best film of the 90s? Close, in my opinion! :)

  3. Fitz August 23, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    I can’t put it ahead of Heat or Pulp Fiction, but it is one of the tops of the 90′s.

  4. Peter Eramo Jr. August 23, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    One of my favs, to be sure. I remember when this came out…it was marketed on TV as a fun, 70′s flick about people in this industry…I was not prepared for how powerful and disturbing it was. Anderson is a phenomenal filmmaker who keeps getting better. Good comments on the cast here, and you may be right about Reynolds’ performance.

  5. Will Silver August 27, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Love Boogie Nights. Mark Wahlberg is ruined for me in other movies because of this one. His delivery is fairly similar throughout all of his movies so I always start thinking about “The Departed” starring Brock Landers and get to laughing.

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  8. john henry May 5, 2013 at 5:01 am

    Definitely better than Pulp Fiction. Some insightful observations. Not a huge deal but it’s distracting when you don’t know how to use “your” and “their” in a grammatically correct fashion. Good review otherwise.

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