Meet Monica Velour is an uneven film between a story that never quite gels and a central character seemingly taken directly (at least in the looks department) from Napoleon Dynamite but still a worthwhile venture just for Kim Cattrall’s great performance. The Blu-ray has above average audio and video and although there’s only a handful of deleted scenes, the commentary more than makes up for the lack of features.
Genre(s): Drama, Comedy
Anchor Bay | R – 97 min. – $34.98 | August 16, 2011
Directed by: Keith Bearden
Writer(s): Keith Bearden (written by)
Cast: Kim Cattrall, Dustin Ingram, Sam McMurray, Tony Cox, Keith David, Brian Dennehy
Theatrical Release Date: April 8, 2011 (limited)
Features: Commentary, Deleted Scenes
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.78
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
THE MOVIE – 3.25/5
Plot: Awkward teenager Tobe (DUSTIN INGRAM; Paranormal Activity 3) sets off on a road trip to meet Monica Velour (KIM CATTRALL; Sex and the City), 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 appeal to the dreamer — and the nerd — in all of us.
Meet Monica Velour is yet another movie that succeeds based on a performance more so than story, screenplay or direction. Here Kim Cattrall gives a great performance as an aging porn star and while I can’t say it’s award-worthy since it is a bit of a cliché and has been seen before, she is probably the only reason this film is even worth checking out.
Her young co-star, Dustin Ingram, on the other hand, I think came from an audition for Napoleon Dynamite 2 or something because he looks pretty damn close to the title character, so much that Jared Hess could file a lawsuit… In any case, I didn’t mind Ingram’s performance so much that it was at times a bit forgettable. No doubt Ingram gives it his best and he has a few good scenes but on the whole, it never made an impact either way.
The film was written and directed by Keith Bearden makes his theatrical debut after helming two short films and outside of a few shortcomings, I thought it was a well developed movie with a good heart at its chore. Again, I won’t say Meet Monica Velour is a great film but it’s at least OK and worthwhile if only for Kim Cattrall’s performance.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.5/5
The disc contains an informative and lively Audio Commentary with writer/director Keith Bearden and Actress Kim Cattrall, some Deleted Scenes (7:53; SD) and the Theatrical Trailer (2:22; HD).
Previews – Beautiful Boy, Daydream Nation, Happythankyoumoreplease
VIDEO – 4.25/5
Presented in 1080p high-def transfer (MPEG-4 AVC codec), Anchor Bay brings Meet Monica Velour onto Blu-ray with a good looking, highly detailed, video. I won’t say this is a movie that exactly pops off the screen or anything yet it still looks very good with a fine amount of film grain that adds to the detail on character’s faces, in particular Kim Cattrall’s wrinkles.
AUDIO – 4.0/5
The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track offers up some depth during the music/score but otherwise this is a dialogue driven flick where the center channel gets the most use and the front and rear speakers get relegated to ambient noises.
OVERALL – 3.25/5
Overall, Meet Monica Velour is an uneven film between a story that never quite gels and a central character seemingly taken directly (at least in the looks department) from Napoleon Dynamite but still a worthwhile venture just for Kim Cattrall’s great performance. The Blu-ray has above average audio and video and although there’s only a handful of deleted scenes, the commentary more than makes up for the lack of features.
Brian Oliver, The Movieman
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