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Paramount Pictures buys MIDDLE MEN - Watch Extended Red-Band Trailer

Movieby Eli Reyes

Here's an extended Red-Band trailer for the R-Rated crime dramedy Middle Men, from writer-director George Gallo (Double Take).

The film recently made its world premiere at the Santa Barbara Film Festival and Paramount Pictures has acquired the U.S. distribution rights.

Based on a true story, Luke Wilson stars as Jack Harris, “the straight-laced businessman who helped launch one of the first porn websites” and becomes “caught between the Russian mob, a porn star, the FBI and his family, all while becoming very rich.”  James Caan, Giovanni Ribisi and Gabriel Macht also star.

The 5:30 minute Red-Band trailer (NSFW) premiered on Kevin Pollack's Chat Show. Pollack, who plays an FBI agent in the film, had Middle Men producer Chris Mallik as his guest.

Skip ahead to the 45:35 mark to watch the trailer:


Official Plot Synopsis:

Jack Harris has a faithful and loving wife, two beautiful children, and a successful career fixing problem companies. When an associate calls him about an opportunity to help turn around a business that has fallen into trouble, he decides to take the job. Little does he know, it is a decision that will change his life in ways he never expected. Jack meets with Wayne Beering and Buck Dolby, two genius but troubled men who have invented a way to sell adult entertainment over the Internet.

The plan was brilliant but the execution wasn’t — they were making money hand-over-fist and losing it just as fast. Seeing the potential, Jack agrees to partner with Buck and Wayne, devising a way to bill the entertainment through a third party, taking the guilt out of the ultimate guilty pleasure. Before he knows it, he finds himself caught between the Russian mob, a 23- year-old porn star, the FBI, and losing his family in the process of becoming rich. Witness a story so outrageous, you won’t believe it’s true. A story that proves business is a lot like sex…getting in is easy, pulling out is hard.

It's good to see Wilson in a serious role. I could have gone without the narration, especially now that I can't stop thinking of him as the face and voice of At&t. But the film looks good, and the fact that its based on a true story only makes it all the more intriguing.

Variety's film fest review likened the film to “Boogie Nights meets Goodfellas" and described the film as “a sleazy but undeniably intriguing tour of the bottom-feeding netherworld where porn and organized crime do their mutual bump-and-grind.” 

Middle Men will hit theaters in 2010.

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