I must also call for a Rosko - Boogie Nights rewatch after reading this ridiculous statement.
I'd probably have to re-watch both to get them fresh in my mind but what puts Boogie over Fargo in your opinion?
EVERYTHING! The music, the characters, the feel, the drama, the humor, the cast (Reynolds, Wahlberg, Hoffman, Cheadle, Macy, Reilly - all great). That film captures so many underlying themes (the measure of a man cannot be judged by the size of the phallus even in a phallocentric world, for example). It mainly represented the dying off of theatrically released porn from the late 70's with the arrival of VHS in the 80's (the arrival of the Internet would have really displaced these guys even more).
Dirk is really nothing more than a vehicle used to bring this dysfunctional family together. Everyone wants something. Jack Horner (Reynolds) wants to be a "real" filmmaker, Dirk (Wahlberg) wants to be a star, Amber Wave (Moore) wants to be a mother again, Rollergirl (Graham) seems satisfied with always being "child like" and likes being told what to do, Scottie (Hoffman) wants Dirk, Buck (Cheadle) wants acceptance after porn, Little Bill (Macy) just wants to be heard (shoots himself after no one listens), Maurice (Guzman) wants his brothers in Puerto Rico to think he's living the American dream by owning a club and having sex with beautiful women (which he never does but he eventually gets cast as an extra in one of Jack's films, giving a little credibility to his boasting). All of these misplaced characters find eachother while looking for something else. Family is what they are missing and lucky for them they find it.
I have an obsession with P.T. Anderson films and I wrote a thesis on this movie so I'm probably the wrong guy to be comparing it to anything really. Fargo was great. Boogie Nights was fantastic.