However, the luxuries this affords Diggler and his fellow actors come with a high price, especially when those luxuries begin to include increasing amounts of cocaine. Many of the actors are also struggling to reconcile their adult film careers with either their previous lives Dirk's co-star and mother figure Amber Waves Julianne Moore is in a bitter custody battle with her ex-husband; another co-star, Rollergirl Heather Graham , drops out of high school after her career makes her an object of cruel mockery by fellow students or their futures outside pornography.
The industry itself is also changing with the rise of videotape, and some careers are destined to fall by the wayside. This film provides examples of: His mother beats him savagely and calls him stupid for dropping out of high school, while his father does not lift a finger to interfere.
At first he's a friendly, charming older Gentleman who happens to like his girls very young. It's not till later that we really see what a horrible human being he really is. My fucking wife has an ass in her cock over in the driveway, all right?! Little Bill, after shooting his wife and her latest lover on the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, puts his gun in his mouth and blows his brains out all over the wall behind him. All the characters in their movie-within-a-movie porn performances, Amber Waves' affectless "This is a giant cock" being a good example.
The cast and writers studied actual adult films from the s to ensure the dialogue was appropriately cheesy and the acting suitably flat. Dirk and his friends attempt this on Rahad Jackson. They might have gotten away with passing off talcum powder as heroin if a coked-up Todd hadn't gotten more demanding, causing the whole scam to go horribly wrong.
Never insult Jack Horner's films. Beware the Nice Ones: Rollergirl, as her former high school classmate finds out to his cost when he sneers at the life she has made for herself since dropping out. Bigger Is Better in Bed: Basically the only thing Dirk has going for him, despite his constant attempts to prove otherwise.
The porn industry has changed greatly, and not exactly for the better, but the characters are eventually reunited as a family, Dirk kicks the drugs, and Amber, Reed and Rollergirl begin to spread their wings outside of being limited to working in the porn industry Amber directs the commercial for Buck's hi-fi store, Reed launches a moderately successful magic act, and Rollergirl finally gets her GED.
Dirk is noted for his sexual prowess and muscular body, but in the brains department he is a bit slow. Reed's skills as a magician come into play in his epilogue, where he is a professional illusionist. Jack and Rollergirl both drop one while beating the tar out of the frat boy who insults them during the abortive "On the Lookout" experiment.
A Running Gag with Little Bill walking in on his wife having sex with another man several times during the first half of the film, and she simply carries on as though he isn't there. More of a Parallel Montage. In the 80s, Jack's attempt to film a random person on the street having sex with Rollergirl in the back seat of a limo are intercut with Dirk being asked to masturbate for another man's entertainment in a pickup truck.
It's revealed at the end of both scenes that they're in the same place, with the pickup trucks joining the same road that the limo is driving down. A Running Gag has Little Bill catch his wife having sex with strangers while supposedly he doesn't get any action from her.
Remember, he's played by Don Cheadle. Literally handed out to Rollergirl's insulting former classmate. Finished off with her kicking him with her roller skates while he was lying in his blood. Dirk suffers a similar fate as he is beaten up by a gang of homophobes.
The donut shop robbery which lands Buck the money he needs to open his stereo emporium. A robbery goes bad when a customer produces a gun and shoots the perpetrator, who shoots both the cashier and the other customer, leaving the bag of money sitting on the counter and Buck the only witness. Colonel James is seen with a series of extremely young, often underage, girls during the film. This point is driven home rather well when we see him in prison, and he implies that when the police raided his house after his latest underage girl died of a massive cocaine overdose, they found pictures of children.
The film is centered around sex workers, and the story explores them as three dimensional characters. However, while the story itself doesn't view sex workers as disposable, an in-universe example has some suggestions that the porn industry as a whole could can? She's last seen being carried away from the party as if she were trash to be disposed of. Doing It for the Art: In-universe, this is what Horner wants to do Do Not Call Me "Paul": After Eddie Adams takes the stage name of "Dirk Diggler" he insists that everyone call him that all the time.
The last shot is of Dirk exiting through the door of his changing room, ready to make another film. Buck's audio store commercial ends with him asking customers to "come inside us.
The held low note and orchestral bell that dominate Dirk and Rollergirl's separate misadventures in the 80s. Especially if you have to give handjobs and get the crap kicked out of you to feed your habit.
Cocaine destroys Dirk's film career by making him unable to perform sexually and making him short-tempered enough to lash out at Jack and quit the industry, then further ruins him as he, Reed, and Todd Parker resort to increasingly desperate and illegal measures to fund their cocaine budget.
Almost all of Jack Horner's cast members exude sweetness and amiable natures. But none of them are the sharpest tools in the box. Especially not the bumbling, loveable oaf that is Reed Rothchild. In one of his Establishing Character Moments , Reed is introduced to Dirk at the pool party, with Dirk being described as "the new boy on the street"; Reed interprets this literally , assuming Dirk lives on the same street as Jack. First time when Eddie announces he will do porn, which underscores the turn his life will take.
Second time when he is introduced to the new guy, Johnny Doe. His life again will turn again, for the worse this time. End of an Age: How the changing porn industry is depicted.
With the demise of film and the rise of videotape, Jack is forced to transition from attempts at plot and artistry with professional if modestly talented actors to assembly-line films with amateur actors and no plot.
The opening shot of the movie, and the next-to-last shot, forming Book Ends. Other long takes in the movie include the pool party scene and the end-of-thes New Year's party. Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Rollergirl is only ever referred to as such except by her former high school classmate, who addresses her by her real name of Brandy. While Jack Horner has little problem with the Colonel's obvious penchant for teenage girls who are clearly somewhere below the statutory age-of-consent limit, he is utterly disgusted and breaks with him completely upon discovering that the Colonel's tastes extend to pre-pubescent children.
Since the movie centers around pornography, a lot of skin is bared. Played for both drama and comedy. Eddie Adams' huge member gets him a job as porn star Dirk Diggler. Each time he pulls it out, people stare in awe. The final shot of the film concludes with Dirk pulling it out in front of the mirror. The actual penis was a prosthetic that Mark Wahlberg wore for the shot. A heartwarming reconciliation scene towards the end when Dirk returns to Jack's home to apologize for him turning away from the "family".
The movie is rather light-hearted and comedic for the first half, until the New Year's Party scene where Amber introduces Dirk to cocaine, and Little Bill finally snaps and shoots his philandering wife, her lover and himself dead. From this point on, things get a lot darker. Reed and Becky tilt their heads in astonishment behind the camera when Dirk presents his member to Amber during their first shoot.
Dirk suffers a second long take one during the drug deal when he realizes it is not going to end well. Dirk's ill-advised foray into music.
It's a story set in the porn industry covering the years to What did you expect? In a larger context, the porn industry is clearly this, being corrupt, exploitative and more than a bit shady several of the producers are implied to have mob ties and definitely have rather unpleasant perversions. But when focusing on the main characters, while they are a bit dim, spoiled and vaguely incestuous , they clearly love each other as something like a family. I Have Many Names: I Know Fucking Karate: He's an actor in action-themed porn movies.
Of course Dirk Diggler knows karate. His Bruce Lee posters tip off the viewer. Very heavy between Amber and Dirk. Though they share numerous sex scenes on camera and a love that borders on romantic love at times, Amber becomes a mother figure to Dirk after he runs away from his own parents, and he becomes a replacement son to her as her own attempts to gain access to her biological son, Andy, are rebuffed by her ex-husband, Tom.
I Was Born Ready: Dirk says this twice. Jerk with a Heart of Gold: For all their jerkass tendencies, the characters all clearly love and care for each other as a family. The audio store commercial, over-the-top as hell and laden with extremely obvious Double Entendre. All you need to do is walk over, get down, and come inside us. In the lead-up to the botched drug heist, Dirk has one of these.
Eddie's mother is waiting for him when he returns from a night out at Jack Horner's house. She makes a horrible scene which causes Eddie to leave home and move in with Jack. The Loins Sleep Tonight: Dirk starts having problems in this area as his cocaine addiction becomes more severe, which is a bit of a problem for an adult film actor. Features in the final scene in which Dirk rehearses for his newest film in front of a mirror, and then unzips his fly and takes out the reason for his stardom.
Of course they're meaningful. Set to "God Only Knows".