Pretty good performance, awfully lame movie.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
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.
| Original Score: C
You really come away wishing Cattrall could take this character to a more serious film. Who better to show the flip side of beauty?
| Original Score: C+
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.
Watching Tobe circle the drain in an open-mouthed daze, like some sort of unwanted goldfish, is absolutely no fun at all.
[A] herky-jerky story.
| Original Score: 2/5
Cattrall, who gained weight for a role in which she looks every one of her 50-something years, makes "Meet Monica Velour" more involving than it sounds.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
In some ways this film's biggest failing is that it can't decide whose story it is telling, his or hers.
Like a fledgling Will Ferrell, Mr. Ingram embraces his inner nerd with mouth permanently agape and hair sprouting like florets of burned broccoli. But this is Ms. Cattrall's movie all the way.
| Original Score: 3/5
The result is unbalanced by cartoonish flourishes -- Ingram's performance being the chief offender -- that overpower Cattrall's subtler character work.
From dirty-movie parodies to the achieving of one's misfit dreams, Keith Bearden's coming-of-age dramedy adheres to the flaccidest of formulas.
| Original Score: 1/5
Harmless coming-of-age stuff, but you've seen it all a million times.