This week George Gallo's Middle Men opens in theaters, telling the story of the origin of internet porn, and how a few drug-addled ne'er-do-wells, some Russian gangsters, and one clear-headed "middle man" managed to make millions off of the horny men of America. It comes packed with hot girls (including a cameo by porn star Jesse Jane), nudity, sexy situations, and harsh language, and yet its ultimate theme seems to be the power and solidarity of family. Maybe there's something to this. Maybe once you dabble in the world of porn, and admit to doing it, you've opened yourself up. Your sexuality is on display, and you have nothing left to hide. Maybe this is just as healthy as belonging to a family. Let's see if Hollywood's other forays into the porn world fare as well:

1. Boogie Nights (1997, Paul Thomas Anderson)
Right here is another story of family and belonging told in the sleazy world of 1970s porn, sex and drugs. Burt Reynolds plays -- and received an Oscar nomination -- the porn king who assembles his cast and crew around him like nieces and nephews, showering them with love and support. It just doesn't get any more loving and accepting than when porn starlet Julianne Moore embraces the newcomer Dirk Diggler (Mark Wahlberg) on his first movie shoot, and asks him to come insider her (even though every porn fan knows that this is NOT the way to end a scene). [Note: co-star Heather Graham went on to play a porn star again in The Guru.]
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