The People vs. Larry Flynt
- 2 hr 9 min
The People Vs. Larry Flynt stars Woody Harrelson as Larry Flynt the creator and publisher or Hustler magazine and Courtney Love as his drug addict wife. This movie is basically a documentary that follows the life of Larry Flynt and what he went through in the 70's but, for a documentary it is quite entertaining and covers a very controversial point in time. This movie is quite a bit more than just a movie it portrays a great debate of the first amendment. The movie starts out when Larry is a child making extra money by selling the moonshine that his father makes in Kentucky. Flash forward to adulthood where we find Larry working as a manager of a strip club in Cincinnati. This is where he meets his future wife, Althea and also where he gets the idea to start a magazine, which at first was just going to be a way to promote the club, but turns out to be bigger than anyone could have ever expected. Hustler magazine catches the eye of many people who find the publication to be way beyond the acceptable and eventually Larry finds himself at the Supreme Court fighting for his rights to free speech. While Larry has made a fortune with his magazine it does come with a rather hefty price tag. During the time when Larry is fighting for his rights, he is shot by a sniper and loses the use of his legs but that does not stop him, he is determined to fight for what he believes in and that is his right to publish what he wants no matter who it is about. Near the end of the movie Larry's wife Althea, who has been one of the few people to stand by him, dies after a long battle with AIDS most likely due to her long running drug addiction. This film also features the actual Larry Flynt in a brief part as a judge that hands down a sentence near the end of the movie.