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King Kelly (2012)



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King Kelly is an aspiring internet star who performs webcam stripteases. When Kelly's car - filled with illegal narcotics that she must deliver - is stolen by her bitter ex-boyfriend on the 4th of July, Kelly and her best friend Jordan embark on an epic whirlwind of drugs, sex, violence and mischief-making as Kelly tries to reclaim what's hers. Kelly's biggest online fan, a wayward State Trooper, joins the journey as the night spirals into chaos. Made entirely from camera-phone footage, King Kelly is a sensational journey through hedonistic American youth culture and the YouTube generation.
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Louisa Krause
as King Kelly
Roderick Hill
as Poo Bare
Will Brill
as Ryan
Joe Reiver
as Troy
Jen Ponton
as Angela
Diana Masi
as Donna
Emily Fleischer
as Girl at Fire
Joey Auzenne
as Drug Dealer
Orien Longo
as Guy on Stairs
Peter Ferguson
as Blow-Job Guy
Betina Joly
as Party Girl
Ramsey Faragallah
as Liquor Store Clerk
Michael Kaycheck
as Commanding Officer
Dion Sapp
as Man on Street #1
Ian Eaton
as Man on Street #2
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Critic Reviews for King Kelly

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (5)

It's an unflinching update to media scholar Neil Postman's prophetic claim about the deadly impact of television on cultural identity: Smartphones in hand, we face the danger of filming ourselves to death.

Full Review… | November 29, 2012
Top Critic

If social satire that elicits scornful laughter is your kind of humor, "King Kelly" will have you doubled over with guilty guffaws.

November 29, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

Cynical sexploitation neither thrills nor entertains.

Full Review… | November 29, 2012
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

King Kelly is a broad indictment of the emptier side of self-documentation and a more nuanced one of the Internet as a source of affirmation.

Full Review… | November 29, 2012
AV Club
Top Critic

Neel has hit upon a compelling reason for the found-footage gimmick: to indict a narcissistic generation who think their phones make them royalty.

Full Review… | November 27, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

One of the cleverest, funniest and most appallingly true films of the year.

Full Review… | November 30, 2012
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for King Kelly


This extremely hard edged satire of a selfish tween girl who likes to record her life story on her Iphone is both disturbing and darkly funny. This film will surely test anyone's tolerance of spoiled brats and you may within the first 10 mins or so want to turn off this movie. PLEASE DON'T! Also don't take it too seriously. Like I said it's a satire and what Louisa Krause is doing (who plays Kelly) is giving you a VERY flattering portrayal of what some teen girls are like today. Kelly has a small fan base online. It's mostly catered to perverts that she pleasures herself to on her webcam shows. One fan, a state trooper, is smitten with her. She records every little moment of her life as a way of making herself and her fans get a window into her lifestyle. She's a typical teen with a family that loves her, but not her behavior. It becomes something they can't tolerate and when her webcam shows are brought to light during a family gathering she runs away with a best friend. They indulge (at least Kelly does) in debauchery and other shenanigans. Sex, drugs and Iphone footage of a girl who deludes herself into thinking she's the IT factor. She's not and that sad fact never comes across her mind during the duration of the film. A very disturbing, but excellent use of satire on the found footage genre. Using it as a source to attack a culture of deluded young people with their Iphones, Facebooks and other things that make them feel self-important makes the film that much more important. It shows what this type of technology can do to people especially if it's in the wrong hands who use it for wrong instead of for good. Very important this movie is and funny as hell too with a GREAT performance by Louisa Krause!

The Vulture
The Vulture

Though it's a rather one-dimensional one-trick pony, at least Neel has hit upon a compelling reason for the found-footage gimmick: to indict a narcissistic generation who think their smart phones make them royalty.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

Saw this at Cinema Village. Audience loved it. Personally I loved Louisa Krause who plays King Kelly. It a pretty unhinged breakout performance.

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Jeff Danelo

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