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Red Rocket

Available for pre-order on the A24 Web site / Film & TV

Mikey Davis, a charming, once successful porn star, flees Los Angeles. With nowhere else to go, he returns to his hometown, Texas City, to crash on the couch of his estranged wife’s mom. As in his other films, writer-director Sean Baker cast the lead roles in Red Rocket with unknowns—amateurs who you would guess are Method actors. Simon Rex—a total hunk turned porn star turned MTV V.J. turned Scary Movie actorstars as Davis, a total hunk turned porn star turned weed dealer. His love interest: 17-year-old Strawberry, played by Suzanna Son, a girl Baker saw outside the ArcLight Hollywood in 2018. Their manager-pimp-sweetheart relationship is more tender than you’d guess from that description. —J.D.

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