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Total Crap: 1.85%

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People vs. Larry Flynt, The
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by Ryan Arthur

"Powerful. And pretty damn good."
5 stars

The pervert is back!

It's not a movie about pornography or even about Hustler magazine, so before you go off on how sickening Larry Flynt is, know this:

You're probably right.

But that's neither here nor there, because ultimately this film is more about the First Amendment than it is about porn or nudity or even Larry Flynt.

Larry (Woody Harrelson) is a poor kid who grows up to own his own strip club. He's tired of having to read lame articales that go along with the arty-and-airbrushed pictorials he sees in Playboy or Penthouse. So he starts his own magazine, Hustler, and aims for the lowest common denominator. He's more interested in photospreads that are more gynecological than artful. Pretty soon, Larry's made a fortune and he's gotten married to a bisexual stripper named Althea Leasure (Courtney Love). But Larry likes to stir things up. His magazine gets put on the map when he publishes nude photos of Jackie Onassis and he has cartoons depicting a gangbang between Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, and yes, Toto, too.

Larry frequently has to defend his magazine in court, and that's where his lawyer Allan Isaacman (Edward Norton) comes in. Isaacman defends Larry from the very beginning, getting him out of jail at the start of his legal battles through the end of the film, when Larry sits before the Supreme Court, defending his right to free speech through parody.

There's not a lot bad to say about this film. I know people are skeptical about Courtney Love. That's fine. But her performance here is soooo good. Actually, all the performances are fine performances. Harrelson has always been hit or miss with me, but he nails Flynt to a tee, including Flynt after an assassination attempt has left him paralyzed from the waist down and with slurred speech. Norton, always dependable, doesn't disappoint.

And again, it's about the First Amendment, a fundamental right of all Americans. You don't have to like Larry Flynt or what he does or stands for, but he's defending your right to say what you want right along with his.

Unpopular speech is absolutely vital to the health of our nation.

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1/13/12 mr.mike Better than I expected , still about 20 minutes too long. 4 stars
12/28/09 Dane Youssef Carey does not impersonate Kaufman. He becomes him. He posesses him. 5 stars
9/02/09 darren courtney love doesn't even make a beleivable addict, and that should come natura, great fil 5 stars
12/01/06 David Pollastrini very well done 5 stars
8/24/05 ES Free speech is an ideal that everyone should have equal oppurtunity to wield 4 stars
10/22/04 John suprisingly involving and well made film - good intelligent enetrtainment 4 stars
1/19/04 fhkd A very fine film about American free marketing and liberty. 5 stars
8/09/03 The Man This is not about porn but about American rights. Only flaw- Flynt is too whitewashed 5 stars
6/15/03 Chiasso, Maurimar A importância da luta por uma idéia é a importância da idéia da vida. 5 stars
4/12/03 Jack Sommersby Superb perfs by Harrleson and Norton help this 1-sided, myopic Forman soapbox. 2 stars
2/24/03 Ananta Mainali Excellent 5 stars
1/08/02 Andrew Carden His Life Was Intering and Exciting, This Wasn't. 3 stars
10/04/01 Bada Bing Crosby Great movie..why do so many douchebags post at this site? 5 stars
7/13/01 bobbuttons pretty good 4 stars
5/07/01 Mikko Salminen Interesting life, average movie. 3 stars
2/25/01 *~Danielle*Ophelia~* (formerly KyLe*BrOfLoVsKi) I'm not a Hustler fan, but this movie is too damn good to ignore... 5 stars
1/19/01 Perverted Pixie Everything from strung-out Courtney to lazy-eyed Crispin was sensational! 5 stars
11/18/00 salvo good stuff 4 stars
8/29/00 Assassin Free speech liberalism at its most disgusting and zombifying. Harrelson is good though 1 stars
5/18/00 Creeper They ALLLL rocked 5 stars
12/08/99 Glitter Berry Fabulous support for the 1st amendment 5 stars
11/06/99 Anthony Ellis A really involving story with great acting and a great screenplay. A real surprise! 5 stars
11/02/99 Bozo learned more about being american from this movie than all the years in school 5 stars
9/03/99 Elizaveta Pure Genius! Edward Norton is the brilliance of this generation. 5 stars
7/03/99 Daria Fantastic performances all around. Great stuff. 5 stars
5/03/99 Michael Grimm good writing and performances 4 stars
12/26/98 Erich, the Mad Bassist The one good thing Courtney ever did. Larry Flynt and Dwayne Tinsley for prez & v.p.! 5 stars
11/26/98 Erika Linden Green I agree! 5 stars
11/18/98 MinxxDaShorty I love this movie!! Anyone who throws oranges at a judge has got to be cool 5 stars
11/06/98 Lord Of The Dunce A great fucking film. Outstandingly written, involving, fast and funny. Love stank. 5 stars
10/31/98 Silent Rob While this IS a 'F.A.'film, I would LOVE to see a Stone directed interpretation! 5 stars
10/24/98 grunter bio-by-numbers; suprisingly formulaic; porno scrubbed clean with nary a beaver shot, odd. 3 stars
10/19/98 Kwyjibo Superbly directed and written, and Woody will never be better. 5 stars
8/28/98 Johny Good, minus Courtney Love being way too old for her part 4 stars
8/25/98 Mister Whoopee I really did need to see Courtney Love naked. I loved it. 5 stars
8/25/98 Miss Stress i really didn't need to see courtney love naked, but overall it was ok. 3 stars
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