2 hours 8 minutes | Rated TBC
Finding himself down and out in Los Angeles, ex porn star Mikey Saber decides to crawl back to his hometown of Texas City, Texas, where his estranged wife and mother-in-law are living. Just as this dysfunctional family seems to be making things work, Mikey meets a young woman named Strawberry working the cash register at a local doughnut shop. He falls right back into his old habits.
Bolstered by a hilarious, self-reflexive performance by Simon Rex of Scary Movie fame, who plays a manipulative, washed-up porn star trying to get his life together and failing to get out of his own way. Observer
The director’s singular gift for street casting – beyond Rex, hardly anyone here has acted professionally – and deeply embedded sense of mood works its own kind of unhurried alchemy. Entertainment Weekly
Freewheeling and kissed by the magic hour light like Baker’s previous movies, Red Rocket is among the filmmaker’s best works. RogerEbert.com
Building off the scrappy beauty of “Tangerine” and “The Florida Project,” director Sean Baker again trains his sights on a vivid milieu and a fascinatingly singular character. Screen International
Red Rocket feels hand-tooled, made from the ground up, enterprisingly cast and untampered with by executives or marketing types. It feels as creatively pure as a novel by a kid just out of college. May it stay that way for Baker as long as he wants it to. Deadline Hollywood Daily
Baker further provokes with his slamming tonal transitions and overlaps: the film frequently knots stomach-churning tragedy and farcical, high-pitched comedy into the same scene. Film of the Week