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!
An overall good film no doubt although somehow it feels clunky in parts with most performances from secondary actors wooden and ill-directed. Equally some of the key plot elements - the early growth of Hustler or the first trial, for instance - feel lacking in momentum. Considering Forman's previous masterpieces, there's lacking in attention to detail albeit Herrelson's stellar performance.
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