Cast: Mark Wahlberg as Eddie/Dirk, Burt Reynolds as Jack Horner, Julianne Moore as Amber Waves, Heather Graham as Rollergirl, Don Cheadle as Buck
Synopsis: The story of a young man who becomes a huge porn star.
Someone once described “Boogie Nights” as a “family film”. At first, I was perplexed. This definitely isn’t a movie you bring your kids to see unless they’re grown or close to it. But as it went on, it actually start making sense. Yes, of course there’s porn and a lot of sex in here. And other adult material. But it really is a film about family. Some people find it in the strangest ways, not in the traditional way. Hence, the tale of “Boogie Nights”.
It’s hard to find any bad performances in “Boogie Nights”. Mark Wahlberg was incredible as Dirk Diggler. You love him, hate him and everything in between. But you want him to succeed, don’t you? Kinda. The stand outs, in my opinion, are Julianne Moore and Burt Reynolds. They go thru their struggles, both personally and professionally. Yet both try very hard to keep their ‘family’ afloat. You feel very privileged to be ‘visitors’ in their home. Don Cheadle’s role wasn’t as big, but he did a great job too. So did William H. Macy.
The best part of “Boogie Nights” is that you feel like you’ve gone thru a time machine. This film takes place in the 1970s and 80s. It really feels like you are there. Those of you who were born before then will definitely remember. It’s a character itself. Thank Paul Thomas Anderson for that. For the movie direction and the screenplay.
This is a very interesting movie, but not exactly pleasant. Behind all the craziness lays a good message. Give it a try. On Google Play, Netflix and Amazon. 7.5/10.