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Rated X (2001)




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Rated X is the incredible true-life story of the notorious Cain and Abel of the adult entertainment world. It would have been a mistake to portray Artie and Jim Mitchell as simple lowlifes when in truth they were savvy businessmen and successful pioneers in the burgeoning porn film market. At a time when moral and artistic freedoms were being challenged on every front and in every strata of society, it was the Mitchell brothers who stood up to the law and even the Mafia. Rated X traces each step of their development, from their troubled childhoods, loves, dreams, and fears, right through to their breakout success with the discovery of Marilyn Chambers and the creation of the porn classic, Behind the Green Door.


Charlie Sheen
as Artie Mitchell
Emilio Estevez
as Jim Mitchell
Tracy Hutson
as Marilyn Chambers
Megan Ward
as Meredith
Terry O'Quinn
as J.R. Mitchell
Nicole de Boer
as Karen Mitchell
Deborah Grover
as Georgia Mae
Dylan McFayden
as Young Jim
Taylor Estevez
as Teenage Jim
Eric Cabral
as Young Artie
Jeff Mallory
as George McDonald
Robert Clark
as Teenage Artie
Loretta Jafelice
as First Grade Teacher
Paul Brian Anderson
as Principal Evans
Elva Mai Hoover
as Principal's Secretary
Craig Ryan
as Demonstrator
Peter Bogdanovich
as Film Professor
Brad Hopkins
as Bill Boyer
Derek Aasland
as Jon Fontana
Sadie LaBlanc
as Hippie Girl
Tim MacMenamin
as San Francisco Cop
Rodger Barton
as Det. Solly Weiner
Geoffrey Blake
as Michael Kennedy
John Andersen
as Reporter
Lawrence Z. Dane
as Robert De Salvo
Bruce Vavrina
as FBI Agent
Nigel Hamer
as `Green Door' M.C.
Joanne Boland
as Co-Worker
Jef Mallory
as George McDonald
Ray Kahnert
as Policeman
Steve Pernie
as Policeman
Kevin Kelly
as Josh, the Tennis Coach
Anton Tyukodi
as Lifeguard
Kim Poirier
as Jamie, the `Actress'
Reg Dreger
as Preacher
Ezra Perlman
as Young Aaron
Janessa Crimi
as Young Liberty
Hayley Lochner
as Shrieking Girl
Robyn Foster
as Infant Liberty
Asa Perlman
as Older Aaron
Luca Perlman
as Older Caleb
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Critic Reviews for Rated X

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

The brother angle does give this story a distinctive dimension, and the brothers Estevez and Sheen, their pates shaved to help them represent the odd-looking Mitchells, do an uncanny, genuinely impressive job.

February 4, 2008 | Full Review…

The film inevitably streamlines and neatens up the Mitchell's spectacularly messy lives. But for anyone who missed the short but influential era of porno chic, it's an eye-opener, a primer on how we got here from there.

February 4, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Intriguing, but Sheen and Estevez are not good enough to engross the viewer.

April 3, 2004 | Rating: 2/5

...this just isn't an interesting story, with the Mitchell brothers making for truly unsympathetic protagonists.

August 1, 2003 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

It took extraordinary caution to make a film this boring from the Mitchell Brothers' story.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Rated X


poor film that tries hard but it honestly came across as a boogie nights wannabe

Brendan O'Connor
Brendan O'Connor

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