This made-for-cable movie, based on David McCumber's X Rated: The Mitchell Brothers, a True Story of Sex, Money and Death
, features the marketing friendly hook of real-life brothers Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez (who also directed) playing porn pioneers Artie and Jim Mitchell. But there's more to it than the gimmick. 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. The small-town sons of a small-time professional gambler (Terry O'Quinn), Jim and Artie grew up with chips on their shoulders ...