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Middle Men: movie review

In 'Middle Men,' Luke Wilson plays a straight-laced Texas businessman who becomes involved with porn stars, Internet hucksters, Russian gangsters, and Vegas con men.

By Peter RainerFilm critic / August 6, 2010

Luke Wilson is shown in a scene from 'Middle Men.'

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Luke Wilson often plays characters who seem zoned-out from Day 1.

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In coscreenwriter and director George Gallo’s so-so “Middle Men,” he’s playing Jack Harris, a straight-laced Texas businessman who, in the late 1990s, becomes involved with porn stars, Internet hucksters, Russian gangsters, and Vegas con men.

Since his involvements are, legally, semilegitimate, he thinks he’s clean.

All the while, he remains eerily aloof from the proceedings, and, increasingly, from his wholesome wife and young son.

Is Jack, who is patterned on a real-life character, sociopathic or just plain clueless? Gallo doesn’t seem to care. He cares about parading before us lowlifes living the high life.

Grade: B- (Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language, drug use and violence.)

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