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Paramount made a ton of money when they picked up Paranormal Activity for pennies, and bless them, they're trying to recreate the same formula. The latest tiny movie to get picked up thanks to this new attitude is Middle Men, a drama based on the true story of Jack Harris, an everyman who got caught up in helping create one of the first-ever porn websites.
Luke Wilson plays Harris, and James Caan, Giovanni Ribisi and Gabriel Macht round out the cast. Variety reports that the studio plans to release the film this year. Slashfilm also dug up a red-band trailer for the film and the official synopsis, both of which you can see below.
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Jack Harris has a faithful and loving wife, two beautiful children, and a successful career fixing problem companies. When an associate calls him about an opportunity to help turn around a business that has fallen into trouble, he decides to take the job. Little does he know, it is a decision that will change his life in ways he never expected. Jack meets with Wayne Beering and Buck Dolby, two genius but troubled men who have invented a way to sell adult entertainment over the Internet. The plan was brilliant but the execution wasn’t — they were making money hand-over-fist and losing it just as fast. Seeing the potential, Jack agrees to partner with Buck and Wayne, devising a way to bill the entertainment through a third party, taking the guilt out of the ultimate guilty pleasure. Before he knows it, he finds himself caught between the Russian mob, a 23- year-old porn star, the FBI, and losing his family in the process of becoming rich. Witness a story so outrageous, you won’t believe it’s true. A story that proves business is a lot like sex…getting in is easy, pulling out is hard.