Larry Flynt is the hedonistically obnoxious, but indomitable, publisher of Hustler magazine. The film recounts his struggle to make an honest living publishing his porn magazine and how it changes into a battle to protect the freedom of speech for all people.
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I love Milos' visual style, and it works perfectly in this great, underrated gem. Although I'm sure Larry Flynt has been somewhat aggrandised, the film is good enough to warrant some liberties in delivering it's important message which unfortunately too few people today seem to understand or agree with - free speech is absolute. A good double with Lenny. 4/5.
I just watched "The People Vs. Larry Flynt" and thought it was an important film that everyone should see. Not only is it a brilliant defense of liberty of those who wish to consume adult material as well as those who do not (i.e. freedom of choice), it is an important defense of the first amendment. Larry Flynt is a true American patriot in every sense of the word!
"At the heart of the First Amendment is the recognition of the fundamental importance of the free flow of ideas. Freedom to speak one's mind is not only an aspect of individual liberty but is essential for the quest for truth and the vitality of society as a whole. In the world of debate about public affairs many things that are done with motives less than admirable, are nonetheless protected by the first amendment."
Flynt is probably the least charismatic, most vulgar of the Forman freedom heroes that I've seen (although Mozart was portrayed (accurately?) as a juvenile prick). but, douchy as i may find him (and this film doesn't shy away from showing how ugly he can be (then again, see current leader of the "free" world) the constitution is an important thing .it IS America...remains to be seen (not wordplay) if it will keep...
It's ripe. At worst, the beats play out like a made for TV movie. At it's most ordinary it's a blindly one sided polemic on a popular cause that few will take issue with against the easy targets of fat, white republican men; and at best, a demonstration of the quiet, subtle talents of Woody Harrelson who is a far better actor than he'll get credit for.
Should be far more famous. Courtney Love is as obnoxious and jarring to watch as you'd expect, but Harrelson gives easily the performance of his entire career as the 'smut peddler' Flynt. It has a solid story, music and cinematography. All in all, engaging and certainly a little diamond in the rough. Watch!