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Produced by Ron Howard's longtime collaborator Brian Grazer, this entertaining documentary recounts the production of the notorious adult film Deep Throat (1972) and the free-speech battle that enveloped it. Directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (Party Monster) probe the movie's cultural repercussions in interviews with the filmmakers, the politicians who targeted it, and a pungent array of liberal commentators from the early 70s (Helen Gurley Brown, Al Goldstein, Hugh Hefner, Xaviera Hollander, Erica Jong, Norman Mailer, Gore Vidal, John Waters). One person missing from all this is Deep Throat's star, the late Linda Lovelace, who later became a vocal opponent of pornography. As the smirking title might suggest, the movie is least prepared to process the feminist backlash against porn that followed its early-70s crossover into the mainstream—in a way, the most interesting part of the story. NC-17, 92 min.

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