Epic tale covering the rise and fall of porn star Eddie Adams (Wahlberg). The protege of director Jack Horner (Reynolds), 17-year-old Eddie jumps in a hot tub at an industry bash, christens himself Dirk Diggler, and goes on to become the toast of the adult entertainment industry. Brilliantly spanning the decadent disco-era 70s and the excess of the 80s, 27-year-old writer/director Anderson boldly delves into fresh, albeit dangerous, territory most successfully in this lengthy sophomore outing. What Tarantino did for Travolta, Anderson does here for Reynolds, who plays the past-his-prime but touchingly ambitious auteur with a dream to make a legitimately legendary skin flick. Wahlberg proves himself a serious and seriously good actor in his turn, surrounded by equally fine performances of the ensemble cast. Details such as wardrobe, bits of dialogue, and music are deftly used, avoiding parody. Nonstop disco and early 80s music, often with a message, and energetic camera work make you shake your booty.
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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 155 minutes.
Golden Globes 1998: Support. Actor (Reynolds); L.A. Film Critics 1997: Support. Actor (Reynolds), Support. Actress (Moore); MTV Movie Awards 1998: Breakthrough Perf. (Graham); N.Y. Film Critics 1997: Support. Actor (Reynolds); Natl. Soc. Film Critics 1997: Support. Actor (Reynolds), Support. Actress (Moore).
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