Welcome to 90 from the ‘90s; the movie-related post in which I watch, discuss and debate a film from the 1990s – a film that I’ve NEVER SEEN. Posting on a semi-regular basis, I aim to work my way through 90 movies that I’ve previously missed/avoided, recording my thoughts along the way.
I’m going to watch good films, bad films, forgotten classics, Oscar winners and everything in between. Some of these films you’ll be surprised I’ve never seen, others you’ll completely understand why I’ve avoided them for 20+ years.
The rules are as follows:
- The film must be from the 1990s (1990-1999)
- The film must be a movie I’ve not watched before
Today’s unseen ‘90s movie is…
The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)
I have next to no idea what this movie is about. I believe Woody Harrelson plays publisher, Larry Flynt and at some point Flynt goes on trial. Edward Norton and Courtney Love are also in the film and I understand it was nominated for a heap of awards back in ’96/’97 and won a number of them too!
Yep, that’s all I know about this movie. I understand that it’s supposed to be good, but I’ve never had much interest in watching it.
So, will The People vs. Larry Flynt be worth two hours of my time?
Hmm… we’ll just have to wait and see. Either way, of all the ‘vs’ films, it can’t be any worse than Alien Vs Predator, right?
*Clicks the play button*
8mins – Woody Harrelson is going into the publishing business. He’s got his heart set on publishing nudey mags. Hey, there’s money to be made in the nudey mag trade and if he does this right he can make money hand over fist. So to speak.
9mins 20secs – Boobs.
11mins – Is Courtney Love wasted or is she playing someone who is wasted? Either way, she’s very good at being drunk.
18mins – The first issue of Hustler has hit the stands… and it’s a flop. Oh no, in the porno trade you don’t want a flop on your hands. So I’m told.
20mins – Oh wait, Harrelson has put Jackie O in the mag and now it’s not a flop! Things are *cough* looking up!
24mins – Boobs.
27mins 30secs – Woody and Courtney are married. Life couldn’t get any better…
29mins – …Oh, Woody is being arrested. This is probably not the best start to his honeymoon.
33mins 40secs – “He’s talking to Mrs. Claus and holding in his hand, what appears to be a large erect penis.” Blimey!
34mins – So, Woody Harrelson is being sued by a group of anti-pornography activists. I wonder how many of these magazines these activists have read?
38mins – He’s been found guilty and is being sent to prison!
41mins – And now he’s out of prison. Boy, that was quick.
44mins – Boobs.
53mins – All that time in prison has made Woody reflect on his publishing career. Moving forward he is rejecting Satan, is keen to be baptised and plans to make his porn mag empire more religion friendly. #It’sAMiracle
59mins – Edward Norton and Woody Harrelson have been shot! Jeez, this goes from one extreme to the next. From baptism to assassination attempt in six minutes!
1hr 1min – And now he’s paralysed, has lost faith in religion and is a drug addict! Bugger.
1hr 2min – By the way, Edward Norton seems fine, although he’s a little dishevelled.
1hr 10mins – Praise *insert name*, Woody Harrelson is no longer a drug addict! #It’sAnotherMiracle
1hr 18mins – Boobs.
1hr 18mins 15secs – Another court case.
1hr 26mins – Well, that didn’t go too well. Woody Harrelson has just been sentenced to 18 months in a psychiatric ward.
*Holds up hands and signals a ‘time out’*
Jeez, a lot is happening in this movie. I think a quick recap is in order.
Porn mags, boobs, Courtney Love, wedding, court case, prison, boobs, religion, shooting, paralysis, drug addiction, cold turkey, boobs, court case, breakdown! Sounds like the lyrics to We Didn’t Start the Fire by Billy Joel, doesn’t it?
Recap over. I don’t think this film can throw anything else at the screen – this is more intense than a Christmas episode of Eastenders!
*Ends ‘time out’*
1hr 29mins 30secs – Courtney Love has just announced she has Aids. Bloody hell!
1hr 34mins – And now another court case.
1hr 40mins – Boobs.
1hr 45mins – Courtney Love has passed away in the bathtub and it is genuinely heartbreaking. 😦
1hr 50mins – Yet another court case.
Bonkers, yet brilliant.
Woody Harrelson was fantastic as Flynt, with Courtney Love putting in an outstanding performance as Flynt’s wife, Althea. By the film’s conclusion I felt like I had witnessed a genuine love story, played out against the backdrop of a very bizarre tale.
For a movie that is effectively a series of court cases, The People vs. Larry Flynt proved to be a captivating yarn. Not something I’d rush out to watch again, but I’m glad that it was today’s movie choice to kick off 2019.
OK, so that was ’90s movie No. 63, leaving me with just 27 films to go. I’ve still got some heavy hitters to come, including an iconic Spielberg movie.
But I may leave that one for a little while longer…
- Read: Part 64
For past entries in the 90 from the ’90s series, check out: Air Bud (1997), Robin Hood (1991), Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas (1999), Hercules and Xena: The Battle for Mount Olympus (1998), Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story (1993), Highlander II: The Quickening (1991), F/X2: The Deadly Art of Illusion (1991), Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999), Showgirls (1995), American History X (1998), North (1994), Jack Frost (1998), Psycho (1998), A League of Their Own (1992), Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992), Patch Adams (1998), My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997), Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992), You’ve Got Mail (1998), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Graveyard Shift (1990), Johnny Mnemonic (1995), Striptease (1996), Indecent Proposal (1993), My Girl 2 (1994), The Ghost and the Darkness (1996), Poison Ivy (1996), Body of Evidence (1993), Turbulence (1997), Fatal Instinct (1993), True Romance (1993), Newsies (1992), Contact (1997), The Pelican Brief (1993), Natural Born Killers (1994), Shakespeare in Love (1998), A Perfect Murder (1998), Quigley Down Under (1990), Of Mice and Men (1992),Friday (1995), Mannequin on the Move (1991), She’s All That (1999), Double Dragon (1994), Stay Tuned (1992), Murder at 1600 (1997),Weekend at Bernie’s II (1993), My Own Private Idaho (1991), Wagons East (1994), In the Line of Fire (1993), Postcards from the Edge (1990), Universal Soldier (1992), Passenger 57 (1992), Mo’ Better Blues (1990), The Client (1994), Good Will Hunting (1997), Pump Up the Volume (1990), Mr. Nanny (1993), Fargo (1996), Hudson Hawk (1991), So I Married An Axe Murderer (1993) and Timecop (1994).