Meet Monica Velour (2011)

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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 Cattrall gives a career-defining performance in this offbeat love story that appeals to the dreamer -- and the nerd -- in all of us. -- (C) Anchor Bay
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R (for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama
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$31,649.00
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Cast

Kim Cattrall
as Monica Velour
Brian Dennehy
as Pop Pop
Keith David
as Claude
Tony Cox
as Petting Zoo Club Owner
Sam McMurray
as Ronnie
Peter Carey
as Lead Cop
Jason Waugh
as Frankenbooty Burgermeister/Store Owner
Jamie Tisdale
as Young Monica Velour
Jay Malack
as Porn Producer
Jee Young Han
as Amanda
Henry Yuk
as Amanda's Dad
Bob Duggan
as Bandito 1
Greg Trzaskoma
as Biker Guy 1
Gracie Rose
as Kayla
Kwadwo Asiedu
as Classmate
Lauren Mae Shafer
as Punk Girl
Paige Frisconi
as Blonde Girl
Anna Li
as Chinese Neighbor
Kevin Scollin
as Commencement Speaker
Joyce Uzelac
as Old Lady Cashier
John W. Lawson
as Fireworks
Jordan Horowitz
as Porn Director
Benjamin Brennan
as Bandito 2
Chris Dendrios
as Frat Boy 1
Michael Force
as Frat Boy 2
Steve Holiday
as Frat Boy 3
Christopher Oberto
as Hands Solo
Dan Pesta
as Dork Fudgepacker
Rick Carver
as Frankenbooty Juggler
Kathleen Moore
as Store Owner
Ryleigh P. Little
as Child in Motel Office
Frankenbooty
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Meet Monica Velour

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (13)

Pretty good performance, awfully lame movie.

Full Review… | May 13, 2011
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 11, 2011
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 15, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

You really come away wishing Cattrall could take this character to a more serious film. Who better to show the flip side of beauty?

Full Review… | April 15, 2011
Detroit News
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 15, 2011
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Watching Tobe circle the drain in an open-mouthed daze, like some sort of unwanted goldfish, is absolutely no fun at all.

Full Review… | April 9, 2011
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Meet Monica Velour

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.

Doctor Strangeblog
Doctor Strangeblog

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Sol C
Sol C

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

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