Paul Thomas Anderson's exploration of the '70s and 80's porn industry, focusing on a John Holmes expy named Dirk Diggler (Mark Wahlberg).Adult film producer Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds) spots busboy Eddie Adams in one of his regular nightclubs, and in talking to him learns of both his extremely generous endowment and his quick recovery time (he has already brought himself off twice that evening for $10 a look). After a fight with his mother, Eddie runs away to accept Horner's offer of film work, and soon finds success on the screen as Dirk Diggler, the star of the Brock Landers action/porn series.However, the luxuries this affords Diggler and his fellow actors come with a high price, especially when those luxuries begin to include increasing amounts of cocaine. Many of the actors are also struggling to reconcile their adult film careers with either their previous lives (Dirk's co-star and mother figure Amber Waves is in a bitter custody battle with her ex-husband; another co-star, Rollergirl, drops out of high school after her career makes her an object of cruel mockery by fellow students) or their futures outside pornography. The industry itself is also changing with the rise of videotape, and some careers are destined to fall by the wayside.
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