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Meet Monica Velour
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08.18.2011 By: Stephanie Cooke
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Director:
Keith Bearden

Actors:
Kim Cattrall
Dustin Ingram
Brian Dennehy

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Awkward teenager Tobe (Dustin Ingram) sets off on a road trip to meet Monica Velour (Cattrall), his favorite 80s porn star, at a rare live appearance hundreds of miles away.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I’m a pretty big fan of under the radar movies most of the time. Don’t get me wrong, I love me a good ol’ fashioned blockbuster, but a small time independent film really just charms the pants off of me sometimes. In the case of MEET MONICA VELOUR, the one with pants coming off was Kim Cattrall as a former porn star just trying to scrape by in life. I can’t say that I’ve seen Cattrall in a whole lot , other than Police Academy, Ghost Writer and Sex & the City. Apparently she likes her liberated women roles since this is the second role I’ve seen her in where she plays a female who, for lack of better words, gets around.

Right off the bat we meet Tobe, a 17-year old boy running a Weenie Wiz hot dog truck who looks a whole lot like Napoleon Dynamite… in fact, I’d go out on a limb to say that Dynamite might’ve been the inspiration for the look of the character. The movie is more or less a really awkwardly put together coming-of-age story.

I felt like a lot of the story was put in place just to demonstrate just how awkward a character Tobe is. I mean, we see him spying on a girl who has a crush on him while she masturbates, and then in another scene, we see him try to give the same girl a note strapped to a stuffed animal that says how much he digs a girl who masturbates and THEN, when he tries to give the note to this girl, starts watching her through her window and gets caught by the girl’s father. It’s just one thing after another for this kid. I know that they were trying to go for our empathy for Tobe and it was meant to be funny, but it just comes off kind more cringe-worthy than anything.

The film doesn’t get much better from there, as we meet Cattrall’s character, an ex-porn star who is trying to get her life together to win custody of her daughter. Only problem is, she can’t get proper work and has to turn back to porn and stripping to make ends meet, which obviously isn’t the way to win back your child. When I first saw the trailer for the film, I really thought that the film was more about a friendship that blossoms between the characters of MONICA VELOUR and Tobe. Instead, there was just this awkward let-me-deflower-you kind of relationship where Monica tries to, I guess, thank Tobe for his devotion to her.

I think the best parts of the film were when they flashed back to Monica’s porn career and we got to see porn parodies like Pork n’ Mindy and Star Wars where the names have been changed things like Princess Lay-Me and the stormtroopers are Cocktroopers, who are actually shaped like giant cocks. Plus in one of the films, a giant lizard attacks Monica and a male costar, and the lizard is really just someone’s pet iguana. You can see what I’m talking about in this clip from the movie up exclusively on JoBlo.
THE EXTRAS
There’s really nothing too special about this film on Blu-ray. An audio commentary is an audio commentary and the deleted scenes didn’t really add much to the overall effect of the film on me. I’d have to say that unless you really want Blu-ray, just pick up the DVD instead if you’re going to pick up this film at all.

Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Keith Bearden and Kim Cattrall

Deleted Scenes: What to really say about these scenes... Well, there were only a few scenes that this compilation consisted of and they were all pretty short. None of these scenes really added or took away from the movie itself, they just more or less, were there. They were pretty “meh”.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I wanted to really love this movie, but I ended up just more or less liking it. Kim Cattrall does a heck of a job in her role and DAMN, for 55, she looks freaking GORGEOUS. Apparently Cattrall gained 20-pounds for the role and she does a good job with what she’s given, but the film, as a whole, falls a bit short. I can’t tell if the film was trying to be funny, endearing, tender or what... It was just all over the place. The characters were the best thing about MEET MONICA VELOUR. While the film itself wasn’t fantastic, the characters were well written and the actors did an excellent job executing their roles with what they were given.
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