Set in 1977, back when sex was safe, pleasure was a business and business was booming, an idealistic porn producer aspires to elevate his craft to an art form when he discovers a hot young talent working as a busboy in a nightclub.
Copyright © 1997 New Line Productions, Inc.
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Unflinching look at porn industry; lots of sex, drugs.
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Fresh: An epic story of self-delusion with a skill and grace that many more experienced filmmakers would be hard put to match.
- Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide, Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Boogie Nights is a spectacular drama film about the rise of fictional porn actor Dirk Diggler during the golden age of porn in the 1970's. Paul Thomas Anderson has crafted a unique drama film with style. There is a tremendous ensemble of gifted actors here, and even the now washed out actors ( John C Reilly, Burt Reynolds) shine here. Boogie Nights definitely captures the feel of the 1970's porn boom. Anderson has tremendous talent, and his directing abilities help to create something truly unique on screen. Anderson knows how to use this impressive cast of actors and all of them deliver great performances. Boogie Nights overall is a one of a kind drama film, and one of the best drama films of the 90's. Paul Thomas Anderson's second feature film is an impressive work and it's a more polished film than Anderson's first film. Boogie Nights is Anderson's best film, and he would later direct the equally impressive There Will Be Blood. However this film stands alone as an in your face type of movie because it touches on a sensitive non Hollywood friendly issue: Porn. Anderson's film is terrific and it rips across the screen and considering it's subject matter, it's able to be a smart, well written film without being too incorrect for a mainstream audience. Boogie Night is a film that tells the story of the porn industry, the good times and the bad, and as a major Hollywood production, it's very interesting to see a film like this bring to light a subject that usually isn't your typical idea for a film. This is Paul Thomas Anderson's best film, and Boogie Nights cemented his name as a top notch director. A very enjoyable, yet at times disturbing ride.
- TheDudeLebowski65, Wednesday, November 10, 2010
It seems highly improbable that a movie steeped in both disco and porn would be top-notch in every way. Well, guess what? It is.
- janna, Monday, September 20, 2010