Boogie Nights Movie Review Summary

Actors: Mark Wahlberg, Burt Reynolds, Luis Guzman, Julianne Moore, Heather Graham, William H. Macy, Philip Seymour Hoffman

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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.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

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Script Analysis of Boogie Nights

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Taboo Sex Story?    -   Yes Kind of sex:    -   Lesbians!    -   Gay guys!    -   really kinky sex! Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   actor Married, fooling around?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   actor Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California City?    -   Yes City:    -   Los Angeles    -   wealthy Misc setting    -   fancy mansion    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   touching of personal anatomy    -   licking    -   actual description of sex    -   seeing breasts    -   seeing nude female butt    -   seeing nude male butt    -   seeing full frontal--women    -   seeing full frontal--men Any profanity?    -   Some foul language

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