Director: Sean Baker Run Time: 128 min. Rating: R Release Year: 2021
Starring: Simon Rex
Mikey, a wildly narcissistic former porn star fallen on hard times, has returned from L.A. to his depressed, post-industrial hometown of Texas City, reconnecting with his skeptical, drug-dependent estranged wife and mother-in-law, and using his wily charms to ingratiate himself into a community of people he couldn’t care less about. The audacious new film from writer-director Sean Baker (The Florida Project, Tangerine), starring Simon Rex in a magnetic, live-wire performance, Red Rocket is a darkly funny and humane portrait of a uniquely American hustler and a hometown that barely tolerates him.
Indie, Comedy, Drama
“By way of candid humor, a magnetic performance from Rex and Baker’s careful attention for authenticity, Red Rocket is a sympathetic profile of a porn star past his prime.” – Natalia Keogan, Paste