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Meet Monica Velour (2011)

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Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 10

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In this irreverent comedy, awkward teenager Tobe (Dustin Ingram) sets off on a road trip to meet Monica Velour (Kim Cattrall), his favorite '80s porn star, at a rare live appearance hundreds of miles away. Instead of the glamorous sexpot portrayed on film, he finds a 49-year-old single mom living in a trailer in rural Indiana, performing at seedy strip clubs to make ends meet. A starry-eyed Tobe, still captivated by his crush, befriends Monica, further complicating her difficult life. Kim

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Drama, Comedy

Keith Bearden

Aug 16, 2011

$31.6k

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Pretty good performance, awfully lame movie.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Had first-time director Keith Bearden been as devoted to keeping Meet Monica Velour on track as he did to coming up with punderful porn flick names, he could have had a satisfying dark comedy on his hands.

May 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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The role of a former star of the ''golden age'' of porn sounds perfect for Kim Cattrall, and she handles it nicely - at least, in the rare moments when this indie comedy isn't terminally contrived.

April 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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You really come away wishing Cattrall could take this character to a more serious film. Who better to show the flip side of beauty?

April 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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Better than its premise would suggest, the film works to the degree that it does thanks to the well-drawn characterizations and the frequent doses of sly, subtle humor.

April 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter
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Watching Tobe circle the drain in an open-mouthed daze, like some sort of unwanted goldfish, is absolutely no fun at all.

April 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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Cattrall does what she does best, pushing boundaries unapologetically. And there's not a hint of lewd intentions, but plenty of saucy satire surrounding US culture's sexual contradictions, in a geek's determined fantasy romance bypassing cougar labels.

December 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Long Island Press
Long Island Press

From a plot standpoint, there isn't much that's remarkable about it, yet its two central figures are so honestly drawn that they make up for any predictability along the way.

August 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com
Bullz-Eye.com

Blessed with a promising concept for a dark comedy, "Meet Monica Velour" would rather tug heartstrings or script repetitive behavior from derivative characters.

August 4, 2011 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

Beautifully acted, it's a tender love story with one or two belly laughs.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Enjoyable coming-of-age comedy drama with an engagingly off-beat script, some appealing production design and two terrific central performances from Kim Cattrall and Dustin Ingram.

June 24, 2011 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

There's a scruffy, honest charm to this film that keeps us involved, even though the rough edges are ultimately worn down by what seems like an over-developed script. But a strong central performance wins us over.

June 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Meet Monica Velour is an uncomfortable mix of humour and drama, a hybrid sex farce/coming of age story distinguished by an attractive weirdness.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

I could have lived a thousand life times blissfully unaware of what Brian Dennehy's flabby ass cheeks look like, but these are the occupational risks.

April 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

A low-key indie of determined charm. Kim Cattrall's brave and affecting performance as an over-the-hill '80s porn star is reason enough to see it.

April 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Wide Screen

Cattrall embraces her 49-year-old character with open arms and gives a fine performance full of strength, vulnerability and also sexual chemistry.

April 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Dustin Ingram is a Jon Heder-wannabe, which is not something that anyone should want to be.

April 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine
Hollywood & Fine

Coming-of-age awfulness.

April 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Meet Monica Velour

This could be "Napoleon Dynamite meets the pornstar"! Really quirky little film - liked it a lot. Kim Cattrall is excellent as a washed up pornstar from the 70's and Dustin Ingram also really good as an absolute dork who is obsessed with her and when he gets a chance to meet her, befriends her and decides they belong together, even though it is obvious his also-dorky classmate, Amanda, is perfect for him.
November 18, 2011
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This proved to be somewhat formulaic, and yet, something about the way Kim Cattrall played the titular character evoked a boatload of sympathy. Young Dustin Ingram, as Tobe, reminded this viewer of Michael Cera, but without the annoying mannerisms. The supporting cast held their own and did admirably well, with Brian Dennehy being the most recognizable name. Without the talents of Miss Cattrall, this could have been awful. Her presence lifted an otherwise pedestrian tale and made it very watchable indeed.
February 9, 2012
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

The film was good but could have been so much better. Kim Cattrall is amazing and should have gotten an Oscar nomination for the film. The film needed a rewrite. The tone was off. Also it felt like I was watching 2 different films here. His story was more like Napoleon Dynamite and her story was like The Wrestler.

I thought Dustin Ingram was ok as Tobe. However, they made a mistake making him look like a clone of Napoleon Dynamite. That was too distracting. I did think Brian Dennehy and Keith David were good in their supporting roles.

The film is worth seeing especially for Kim Cattrall's performance in it.
January 2, 2013
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Sol C

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Owing a heavy debt to Napoleon Dynamite, this quirky indie follows closely in that film's smalltown footsteps, right down to the skinny, nerdy, puffhaired oddball male lead. When he learns his favorite porn star is starring at a strip club in Indiana, he road trips in his inherited weinermobile to sell the vintage auto and catch her show. Kim Cattrall is excellent in a standout performance as the former '80s sex idol now in her late 40s on a downward slide, and unafraid to show the inevitable effect time has on beauty. Brian Dennehy is equally good in a supporting role as the boy's crusty father, and Keith David ingratiates as a wizened artist/collector of Americana. A happy-ever-after ending doesn't quite fit with the rest of the offbeat storytelling, but the trip has enough detours worth taking.
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