“I think the real obscenity comes from raising our youth to believe that sex is bad and ugly and dirty, and yet it is heroic to go spill guts and blood in the most ghastly manner in the name of humanity. ” – Larry Flynt
Number of Times Seen – 3 (Video in ’97, 22 Apr 2008 and 9 Jul 2018)
Brief Synopsis – Biopic of a man who was seen as a pornographer yet still was a proponent of free speech in America.
My Take on it – This is a film that still remains controversial and has both lovers and haters even after 22 years.
Milos Forman was a great director and in this film he managed to tell a story about free speech via one of the most despised men in America.
The story is told through Flynt’s eyes and perspective yet it tries to show on a higher levels that when it comes to freedoms in life, it shouldn’t matter who they are being fought for as long as those freedoms are inevitably fought for.
The fact that Flynt manged to e heard on a Supreme Court level despite his own eccentricities says so much for the system of laws in America because there are too many places in the world where such a thing would never have occurred.
This film has an amazing cast.
Woody Harrelson is superb in the title role and was quite deserving of his Best Actor nomination for this role.
In addition, both Ed Norton and Courtney Love give great supporting performances that stand out because they are so interesting to watch.
Larry Flynt still remains a controversial figure in society even today yet this film is able to show that the message is a movement or an idea and not solely about a man no matter who he is.
Bottom Line – Great film that is expertly directed by Forman because it attempts to highlight the ideals of free speech despite the fact that it was being expressed by someone like Larry Flynt. Harrelson is superb in the lead role and makes us both despite and admire this man for everything that he tried to do no matter the methods of doing so. Flynt himself has always been seen as a controversial figure and that hasn’t changed in the 22 years since this film came out yet the message of the film is all about the movement and not just the man. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Despite being portrayed in an Oscar nominated movie, Larry Flynt was refused an invitation to the 1997 Academy Awards, so Woody Harrelson brought Flynt to the award shows as his “+1”. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)
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