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Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy - documentary DVD review
Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy Unrated by the Motion Picture Association of America rating: 3 1/2 stars
Actors: Ron Jeremy, William Margold, Al Goldstein, Al Lewis, Seymore Butts
Director: Scott J. Gill   Studio: Winstar
DVD release: 25 March 2003   Runtime: 76 minutes (1 disc)
Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
DVD features: Audio tracks (English, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Commentary by Ron Jeremy & director Scott J. Gill, Deleted scenes, Ron's filmography & pornography, Cast & crew biographies

Even though this documentary is about porn legend Ron Jeremy, the content is intended less to titillate than to inform in its own quirky way. In this documentary, we get to know about the lovable Hedgehog's (Ron's nickname) personal life and his dogged determination to make it in the legitimate film industry.

Ron is an average man in almost all facets of his life - except the one where his self admitted 9- inch schlong comes in handy. Other than his humorous personality, you get Ron's real-life conundrum: balancing his desires for a family and ambition to achieve a legitimate acting career while still being in the porn business. More directly, it's his inability to make a clean cut away from the industry that's hard.

Where else can a short, fat, hairy man be a star, have gorgeous women have sex with him, and be so revered by men across the globe? Only in the world of pornography. This acceptance, which you'll easily glean from the DVD, is hard for Ron to give up. But his story is not one of degradation and drug abuse like Wadd: The Life and Times of John C. Holmes or the more recent Sex: The Annabel Chong Story. It's a funny and enjoyable look at the life of porn's most famous straight male star. You'll see what it's really like to be on a porn set (hardly erotic), follow Ron as he gets an AIDS test, and fall down laughing at his enormous book of phone numbers and his method of keeping track of people.

The DVD comes with cast and crew biography, deleted scenes and a funny commentary by Ron and director Scott J. Gill. Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy is definitely worth seeing, whether you're just a fan or an avid viewer of lighthearted, quirky documentaries.
reviewed by Bobby Blades
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