Argumentative August #17 – The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)


Argumentative August #17 – The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996) –

Rob and I would like to once again welcome you to another review for our Argumentative August Blogathon. This next film, The People vs. Larry Flynt is being reviewed by Darren of Movie Reviews 101. Let’s see what he thought of this movie…


Plot: A partially idealized film of the controversial pornography publisher Larry Flynt (Woody Harrelson) and how he became a defender of free speech for all people. The story follows how Larry started with as a child selling moonshine with his brother Jimmy, got to the stage where he and his brother Jimmy (Brett Harrelson) owned a chain of strip clubs, before entering into publishing his magazine Hustler. Before Larry has to battle the people who are trying to stop the magazine going against the freedom of speech act in America after being sentence to 25 years in jail.

Verdict: Biopic Battle

Story: Biopics are always an interesting watch especially when you don’t know the story behind the person. This is no different as we see the struggle for what is legal but not wanted by the uptight in society. The story shows how fighting for what is right will get you what is rewarded but it will cost you a lot more than people would think. We follow through the years well, not getting too involved but giving enough information for each time and incidents in Larry’s life all leading to his final battle for his rights. (9/10)

Actor Reviews

Woody Harrelson: Larry Flynt the publicist who goes up against the laws in America to fight for his right to print and say what he wants in his magazine Hustler. Larry has to battle some personal demons after one incident changes his ways of life forever. Woody is brilliant here showing he can really shine in any role. (10/10)

Courtney Love: Althea the former stripper turned wife and business ideas lady for Larry, who would challenge the ideas to push the barriers of what they could do. Great performance from Courtney, who turns out to be a perfect supporting lady for Woody. (9/10)

Edward Norton: Alan, Larry’s attorney who sticks with him through all of the cases over the many years he spends in court with different charges against him. Good performance from Norton, who shows that even in a supporting role he can fit in without over shining the leads. (8/10)


Director Review: Milos Forman – Brilliant directing to show the story through the years of one of the most controversial men in American history. (9/10)

Biography: Great story of the man Larry Flynt’s life. (9/10)

Settings: Mixture of settings adds to the story and growth achieved by the Larry. (8/10)

Suggestion: This is one to be watching it shows a story of a figure that whether you like what he does changed how people should be thinking. (Watch)

Best Part: Larry’s courtroom scenes.

Funniest Scene: The first court room scene.

Favourite Quote: Larry Flynt ‘If you don’t like Hustler magazine, don’t read it.’

Believability: biopic about Larry Flynt so yes. (10/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: Nominated for 2 Oscars including best Actor and Director.


Box Office: $20,300,385

Budget: $36 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 10 Minutes

Tagline: You may not like what he does, but are you prepared to give up his right to do it?

Trivia: The real Larry Flynt, when asked who he would like to play him in the movie, picked Michael Douglas.

Overall: Biopic about bad taste in good taste

Rating 9/10



3 thoughts on “Argumentative August #17 – The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

  1. Reblogged this on and commented:
    Check out the review of The People Vs. Larry Flynt by Darren of Movie Reviews 101 for our Argumentative August blogathon

  2. Will always love Milos Foreman for Amadeus and One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest. Harrelson’s acting was astonishing in this. Did not expect Love to be so good!

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