Paramount Pictures has released a new trailer for “The Middle Men.” Written and produced by George Gallo (“The Whole Ten Yards” and “Bad Boys”), we get a new dramatic comedy which looks a bit like ”Goodfellas,” “The People vs. Larry Flynt” and “Boogie Nights” combined.
The story — based off true events — focuses on Jack Harris (Luke Wilson), a struggling businessman and a desperate father who meets two off-kilter but genius entrepreneurs in Wayne Beering (Giovanni Rabisi) and Buck Dolby (Gabriel Macht). Wayne and Buck are trying to take the new invention of the internet and make some major cash by launching adult internet sites and becoming the first online shopping store to take credit cards — Jack becomes their business manager.
As you can see from the trailer, things start to go really well for them, as they make $200,000 a day and even have a $2 million dollar check in a desk drawer, but when you have money, you tend to spend money and they are soon living outside of their means and get tangled up with a mobster Jerry Haggerty (James Caan) and somehow go into great debt with him. Jack has to lie to his wife Diana (Jacinda Barrett) about what he does and then gets caught between 23-year-old porn star Audrey Dawns (Laura Ramsey), the FBI and the mob, and things start to get crazy.
This film actually looks like it might be pretty good; it looks funny, intriguing and original. The fact that it’s a true story makes it even more interesting to me. I get the feeling it’s going to have the pace of “Rounders” or “21.” There is a huge supporting cast which includes: Kelsey Grammer, Terry Crews, Christopher McDonald, Julie Lott and Rade Sherrbedgia. “Variety” has already seen the film at the Santa Barbara Film Festival and gave it a positive review.
This film is set to be released Aug. 6 and is rated R for sexual content, language, nudity, drug use and violence.
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