Rico Torres
Lisa Schwarzbaum
August 04, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Middle Men

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
Wide Release Date
08/06/10
performer
James Caan, Gabriel Macht, Giovanni Ribisi, Luke Wilson
director
George Gallo
distributor
Paramount Pictures
author
George Gallo
genre
Mystery and Thriller

We gave it an C+

Based on the former life of one of its own producers, Middle Men stars Luke Wilson as Jack, a family guy who gets rich on late-1990s Internet porn. (His specialty is unsexy credit-card billing systems.) So perhaps it’s inevitable that this cranked-up drama wants it both ways. On the one hand, the movie revels in the world of skeevy Web entrepreneurs and the mobsters who demand a cut of the action. On the other, Jack comes out smelling like — well, maybe not like a rose, but certainly like a guy who anticipates his next career as a legit Hollywood producer. C+

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