Lucky Bastard (2014)



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LUCKY BASTARD is the story of a shy young man who wins a contest to have sex with a famous porn star on an adult website. When the young man arrives at the porno house / set location, his every move is captured on the numerous reality television-style wallcams that are spread out everywhere in the house. It is the found footage from these cameras that tells the story of the inevitable and horrifying reality of what actually happened. At the center of the story are: Mike (Don McManus), who owns the "Lucky Bastard" website; his top porn star Ashley Saint (Betsy Rue); and Dave G. (Jay Paulson), the unsuspecting shy young man who wins the contest. The "Lucky Bastard" employees treat their work matter-of-factly. Mike once clearly had more serious artistic ambitions, but now he runs the company and directs all of the "Lucky Bastard" website's content. Ashley, the website's most popular performer, initially refuses to participate because she knows the winner will be humiliated by the experience, but ultimately gives in when offered extra money. And the contest winner, Dave, an unassuming and shy young man, finds himself driven by shame and humiliation into committing the most horrifying acts imaginable. -- (C) Cavu
NC17 (for explicit sexual content)
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Betsey Rue
as Ashley Saint
Betsy Rue
as Ashley Saint
Lanny Joon
as Nico
Clint Brink
as Devin
Deborah Zoe
as Suzanne
Angela Shin
as Maitre D'
Steve Goldenberg
as "He's Dirty"
Joe McGill
as "No Black Guys"
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All Critics (25) | Top Critics (8)

[Nathan], who co-wrote the clever, resourceful and at times darkly wry script with Lukas Kendall, effectively combines the eclectic footage (kudos to editor Tony Randel) to form a kicky, highly involving narrative.

Full Review… | March 6, 2014
Los Angeles Times
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None of the murders is particularly well staged (the sound effects feel distinctly off), yielding little in the way of suspense.

Full Review… | February 21, 2014
Top Critic

Less exploitative and a bit smarter than its seedy adult-film setting would suggest.

Full Review… | February 21, 2014
Hollywood Reporter
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A sorry-looking found-footage thriller as unconvincing as its characters' thrashing orgasms.

Full Review… | February 13, 2014
New York Times
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If nothing else (and that is pretty accurate), this found-footage horror film comprises the perfect storm of keywords to ensure moderate online success: porn, guns, boobs, simulated rape, antisocial psychopath.

Full Review… | February 13, 2014
New York Post
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The film is most successful when humanizing the people behind the objectification, with lives beyond the smut.

Full Review… | February 11, 2014
Village Voice
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The first half of Lucky Bastard is better than it probably deserves to be given the crude subject matter and dialogue because it offers insight into an industry that is frowned upon by most. However, the latter half is less insightful and more inhuman, leaving a dirty taste in the viewers' mouth and squandering what could have been a welcome addition to the found footage genre.

Aaron Bartuska
Aaron Bartuska

From the perspective of a life-long diehard movie enthusiast, I really enjoyed Lucky Bastard and find myself surprisingly haunted by some of the imagery and the darkness of the story's antagonist. It would be easy to dismiss Lucky Bastard as something trite and low-brow and seemingly not worth the time to pop some corn. Any movie in which the backdrop is the adult film industry suffers an immediate stigma and a lot of closed minds unwilling to consider it as a "legitimate" movie-going experience. That is unfortunate because there is much to treasure here, from the frequently hilarious dialogue to the spot-on performance of Don McManus to the shocking moments of violence that seem totally plausible in today's world. Lucky Bastard is a highly entertaining exercise in the found-footage genre, lending the impression that we are watching real people in a real situation. Unlike other found-footage movies that focus on the supernatural and therefore become questionable in their realism, Lucky Bastard unfolds with specific and tangible reality. Some may question the acting ability of the cast, but don't be fooled by kneejerk critical reactions. These actors know what they're doing to sell the concept of the movie, as do the artists behind the camera. The very premise, that of a young man who wins a date with his favorite adult film star and visits the set of an adult website to perform in a scene, is 200% believable in the p*rn-saturated cyber reality we live in today. And if you're paying attention, the movie addresses something far beyond the on-screen dalliances of a hopeful everyman and his dream woman. It's ultimately about the dangers of exploitation and the risk of gleefully humiliating so-called geeks, people we label without really knowing them or what they are capable of unleashing. When you consider the facts of today's world in which troubled young people walk into shopping malls and schools and IHOPs to open fire with automatic weapons, Lucky Bastard presents a disturbingly potential reality of what can and does happen when you don't know what you're really dealing with. To give away Lucky Bastard's plot turns would do a disservice to the prospective viewer. I would simply say give the movie a shot if you want to be entertained, amused, titillated, and ultimately shocked. The movie will gently carry you along for a while, making you laugh, misleading you into a lazy state of casual observation until the first shock comes. The latter half of the film is far from humorous, and there are moments that will resonate, especially when you think about the internet-obsessed guy next door who seems harmless yet a little creepy. Lucky Bastard puts a fresh spin on the found-footage genre and is effective in delivering laughs, surprises, and an ick factor that you'll think about after it's over. It's also worth mentioning that it's one of the few thrillers I can think of that delivers gruesome events in bright daylight, and that stylistic choice really stood out to me and helps distinguish Lucky Bastard as a unique and believable tale. I think this movie has a very strong appeal to a young, hip audience, and I'm really hoping it can get the attention it deserves and rise above those who would carelessly dismiss it. Check it out!

D.S. Sones
D.S. Sones

A rather unique found-footage thriller, Lucky Bastard depicts the producers of a porn website called "Lucky Bastard" as they film their final segment for the site. The site pairs members up with the porn stars they love and records their experience. However, this particularly pairing of an overly knowledgeable fan and its favorite porn star takes a deadly turn. A rather intelligent deconstruction of the porn film and a critique of the capitalist system that produces such films, Lucky Bastard is an engaging, at times erotic, and brutal little horror film that shows that the found-footage style still has some life in it.

Al Miller
Al Miller

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