Eddie Adams (Wahlberg), a high-school dropout, yearns to get into porn movie acting. Discovered by director Jack Horner (Reynolds) in a bar, Eddie takes the stage name Dirk Diggler and swiftly moves into the partying, cocaine-powdered lifestyle of the industry. One of the people he encounters is Maggie, stage name Amber Waves, a mother struggling to retain custody of her son and quasi-mother to porn actors and actresses new to the business. Other acquaintances are less savory, from a timid homosexual film crew member (Hoffman) to a dancing, singing cocaine addict (Alfred Molina, in a hilarious turn). As the 1970s turn into the 1980s, things take a downturn for many of the characters. Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson's 1997 breakaway film pays homage to the 1970s -- its music, clothing, decor, and social attitudes -- as well as the porn movie industry of southern California before the era of AIDS. It's a challenging, thought-provoking epic about a disreputable business and a disrespected period of American history.
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The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus