Arriving on his estranged wife Lexi’s (Bree Elrod) dilapidated doorstep barely dressed, badly bruised, and all but penniless, semi-legendary porn star Mikey Saber (Simon Rex) needs somewhere to hole up for a while. Within a matter of days, the manic motormouth has not only talked his way into Lexi’s bed, but also started peddling weed to oil workers. Ever the entrepreneur, he schemes to turn Svengali and liberate teenaged Strawberry (Suzanna Son) from behind the counter of a donut shop so that she can achieve what he believes to be her destiny: adult film stardom.
Unfolding against a bleak backdrop of refineries lining Texas’ gulf coast, Red Rocket proves to be another luminous fable concerning America’s underclass by Sean Baker (The Florida Project). Keeping pace with Rex’s full-throttled, charisma-fueled performance, Baker’s seriocomedy is a breathless affair. After mining Mikey’s amoral odyssey for instances of exhilaration and elation, it ultimately delivers an equally harrowing and hilarious comeuppance to this entitled alpha male.
Sean Baker, Alex Coco, Samantha Quan, Alex Saks, Shih-Ching Tsou
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