Petros Patsilivas and Darryl Edge (Getting Dafoe You – A Willem Dafoe Podcast) join Flixwatcher to review Red Rocket.

Red Rocket (2021) is a comedy drama from writer and director Sean (Florida Project) Baker. It stars Simon Rex as Mikey “Saber” Davies, an adult film actor, who returns to his hometown in Texas after a 17 year absence. The exact reasons for his sudden return are unknown but it is clear from the outset that trouble is always close by to Mikey. He manages to convince his estranged wife and porn film co-star Lexi (Bree Elrod) to let him back into her house and life. While visiting the local doughnut place he sets his sights on 17-year-old Raylee (Suzanna Son), who also goes by Strawberry. With whom he enters into a sexual relationship with and grooms her to move with him back to LA so he can get back into the porn industry.

Despite its dark themes, Red Rocket is pretty funny and at no point glamourises the life that Mikey is leading. As with Baker’s other films, his characters exist on the edges of society and from marginalised subcultures. We might laugh at Mikey but it is because of his behaviour not because of who he is. Recommendability scores for Red Rocket reflected the dark comedy and themes but strong scores for small screen and engagement give an overall rating of 3.80.

Recommendability Repeat Viewing Small Screen Score Engagement Overall
Amelie 3 3 4 3 3.25000
Matthew 4 4 4 4 4.00000
Helen S 3 1 5 3 3.00000
Kobi 4 4 3.5 4.2 3.92500
3.5 3 4.125 3.55 3.54375



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