Bryan Appleyard

A compelling, if flawed, example of the new American noir: Red Rocket reviewed

Beneath the farcical surface, however, Sean Baker's new comedy isn't very funny

Simon Rex as Mikey and as Suzanna Son as Strawberry in Red Rocket. Credit: Drew Daniels

Mikey (Simon Rex) first appears striding down a road in utterly wrecked jeans and shirt. He is carrying nothing and seems to be going nowhere until he walks up the pathway to the house of the wife he abandoned and her venomously disapproving, chain-smoking mother.

Sean Baker’s Red Rocket is a movie set in Texas City in Galveston County.

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