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Red Rocket | A24 | December 10, 2021 | Sean Baker (The Florida Project) directs

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EXCLUSIVE: Deadline has just heard that A24 had set theatrical release dates for their fall film festival critically acclaimed titles, C’mon C’mon from Mike Mills on Nov. 19, and Sean Baker’s Red Rocket on Dec. 3.


Baker is another filmmaker to release his latest via A24, the studio have distributed his The Florida Project which earned an Oscar nomination for Willem Dafoe in the Best Supporting Actor category. Red Rocket follows Mikey Saber (Simon Rex), a washed-up porn star who returns to his small Texas hometown — not that anyone really wants him back. The pic made its world premiere at Cannes and won the Critics Award at Deauville. It’s currently 96% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.


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Not sure I can say I preferred this to Tangerine or Florida Project, mainly because the humanist/meditative edge on the leads and their situations is what made me love those other Baker films. It's not really in this one, but of course this is a different beast with a different message behind it, and I commend Baker going in a new direction with his material rather than staying stagnant. As is, it's a funny film that goes into some hard, unexpected directions. Simon Rex is a blast here.

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