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April 20, 2005

Review: Being Ron Jeremy

John Malkovich or Ron Jeremy? Ron Jeremy or John Malkovich? No question, right? Hedgehog it is! Well, in theory, anyway. Pornstar: The Legend of Ron Jeremy dropped the drawers on what it's really like to be who, until then, many an adult cinema enthusiast would've considered the luckiest man on terra firma. Wasn't the purtiest of pictures, oddly endearing as it was.

In inspired comedic contrast, this 38-minute scream trades exclusively on the fleshy fantasies we'd prefer to ascribe to Ron's career choice. Writer/director Brian Berke deadpans a sardonic street comedian whose porno obsession and sophomoric social skills ("If I guess your bra size, will you go on a date with me tonight?") actually serve each other when he discovers a boom-chicka-boom-boom portal into you know who's brainpan via a Venice Beach Triple-X parlor. Horndog hijinks naturally ensue!

What's surprising, however, is how laugh-out-loud funny this lovable lark proves to be. Ron Jeremy's self-deprecating, winking wit will never be more perfectly pitched, especially when paired with Andy Dick whom the film supposes is Ron's real-life "acting" coach. But Berke, perhaps thanks to his comedian pedigree, knows precisely when to exit the stage instead of milking his smartly spartan spoof into a feature-length bore. Yet Brian still manages to jiggle 19 breasts worth of porn starlets across the screen.

Seemingly aware of the need to counterbalance the flick's brevity, a bodacious bevy of extras fill out the presentation, including a 45-minute club appearance by Mr. Jeremy where fans are assailed by an opening salvo of vaudevillian yuks before delving Inside the Porn Actors Studio. Plus, there's nearly another hour of bonus footage, which if CineSchlockers were willing to admit, the most traversed would be interviews with adult sirens such as Teri Weigel, Kendra Jade, Gauge and Polish porn princess Alexandra Nice. What, no commentary?

4 of 5 stars

Highly Recommended Video: 2 Audio: 2.5 Extras: 3.5 Replay: 2

2003, 38 mins, 1.85:1 non-anam, DD 2.0, Ron Jeremy standup, Deleted scenes, Outtakes, Interviews, Behind-the-scenes footage, Trailer.

Posted by G. Noel Gross at April 20, 2005 8:17 AM


Andy Dick. Now there's a name for a porno actor.

Posted by: Waco Kid at April 20, 2005 11:13 AM

This was the coolest review BEING RON JEREMY has gotten so far! You really get it! YOU ROCK!

Mia Crowe
(Co-Starring in Being Ron Jeremy)

Posted by: Mia at April 23, 2005 9:51 PM

My pleasure, Mia! You rock too! In fact, my only misgiving is not having acknowledged your performance. Shame on me!

Posted by: G. Noel Gross at April 24, 2005 2:57 PM

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