From the first time I saw Boogie Nights, I fell in love with this flick. It isn’t just about the sex, my love for this is about the characters and players in this Paul Thomas Anderson film.
The film stars Mark Wahlberg as Eddie Adams, who is a high-school dropout in the late 70’s who wants to make a name for himself. He meets Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds), a adult movie filmmaker and auditions for him. When Horner sees Eddie’s large manhood and stamina, everyone wants a piece of little Eddie, who changes his name to Dirk Diggler.
The film focuses on the rise and fall of Dirk Diggler, and also the industry. Some of the most interesting moments take a look behind the scenes with the Horner and the produces as the industry is moving from film (expensive) to video tapes and amateur actors. It is discussed and portrayed in a very truthful way.
Each of the characters are troubled and broken, much like the stars of porn films of the 70’s and 80’s. Drugs, sex, money… And I don’t think there is a bad performance from this all-star cast including Julianne Moore, Don Cheadle, John C. Reilly, William H. Macy, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Heather Graham.
I can not find a thing wrong with this film and is considered one of my favorite films of all time.