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!
This is an extraordinary picture that features knockout performances from Harrelson, Love, and Norton. Forman crafts a brilliant portrayal of one man's struggle to fight for every individual's right to say whatever the fuck they want to say and that freedom of speech should not be one sided.
"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."
This is the best film I ever seen about the scope and importance of the First Amendment. It's not just because of the great points it makes about freedom and "morality," but also because (like "A Clockwork Orange") it challenges the audience with a protagonist that is, more times than not, hard to sympathize with. Freedom of expression is absolutely vital, even if we disagree with those expressions.
Although I like Forman, Harrelson, and Norton (and both of the actors are pretty good in this movie), I didn't feel the magic. Maybe it's the unlikable nature of the main character, maybe it's the tacky "commentary" on the First Amendment, I do not know. But what I do know is that I expected a bit better than what I saw.
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...