I watched The People vs Larry Flynt for Political Trials week in my Political Film class tonight. Hah, what a shit movie. The list of boldface inaccuracies is ridiculous. Larry Flynt was portrayed quite obviously as a saint for the crusade of free speech. Wait, let me rephrase that, a saint. Period. He was made out to be this poor, prosecuted publishist with a fresh, new idea that only wanted his freedom of expression to be heard. In truth, he is one of the most despicable people to walk (HAHAHA, oops!) this good green earth. I’m not talking about his choice to exploit and use women for profit. Oh no, I am talking about his general disrespect for anyone that disagrees with his choices. Or his general disrespect for females and the female body.
“Women are here to serve men. Look at them, they got to squat to piss. Hell, that proves it.”
Savvy businessman? Sure. A person that is taking a stand for beliefs and right to free media? Yes, of course. Poor grammar usage in the above quote? Yep. However, the movie made him out to be a good, caring man; the film also used ways to get you to sympathize with him (his handicap, his wife’s death). It was obviously made with the idea that Flynt might be able to use it as further advertising and perhaps reach a wider audience. There was nothing he could do wrong, as portrayed in the film. Personally, I am convinced he couldn’t actually love his wife if he thinks the above about women, but in the film he was absolutely crazy about her. Also, there also was no mention of Hustler‘s backlash other than the Religious Right (basically insinuating that if you don’t agree with his politics, you must be a Conservative Christian). Lastly, the glimpses of photo sets they showed on screen are totally different than what’s actually printed in the magazine. They were too clean. Flynt was once quoted that Playboy was for the richer, white collar working man. His magazine was for average Joe’s and the no-collars (so average Joe’s and lower-wage workers can’t appreciate nicer quality, better planned photography?) Insulting, right?
In summary: this seemed like a political historic fiction film. Or perhaps one of those “based on a true story” where they idealize the protagonist. If I was unaware of the actual happenings of this trial, I would have thought Flynt was just an honest man trying to make a buck off an original idea. Very misleading. I wish we could have watched something different tonight — this movie just made me roll my eyes and hope for something better next week. hearts;