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Meet Monica Velour (Blu-ray Review)

13 Aug, 2011 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Street 8/16/11
Anchor Bay
Box Office $0.03 million
$29.98 DVD, $34.99 Blu-ray
Rated ‘R’ for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use.
Stars Kim Cattrall, Dustin Ingram, Brian Dennehy, Keith David.

Kim Cattrall has come a long way from her “Sex and the City” Samantha Jones vamp days and matured into an actor of note. And that’s a good thing.

As ’70s porn star Linda Romanoli (a.k.a. Monica Velour) in Meet Monica Velour, Cattrall follows up an excellent run playing curvy taciturn assistant to the former British prime minister in Roman Polanski’s under-appreciated thriller The Ghost Writer.

In Velour, the years have been unkind to Romanoli, who is overweight (Cattrall reportedly gained 20-plus pounds for the role), pushing 50 and living in a trailer in the Midwest while embroiled in a nasty custody battle.

Meanwhile, in the Pacific Northwest, 17-year-old nerd Tobe (Dustin Ingram) drives his father’s Weenie Wiz hot dog truck while embracing a retro fantasy (’30s jazz) that also includes every porn film starring Ms. Velour. When Tobe reads on the Internet that Velour is appearing at a dumpy Indiana strip bar, it conveniently coincides with a $5,000 offer from a local artist (Keith David) looking to buy the truck.

With blessings from his indifferent, drunk father (Brian Dennehy), Tobe beelines to meet his fantasy girl, who, of course, is not anything like the cool, confident VHS siren he’s idolized since puberty.

Panoramic landscape shots and a compelling soundtrack underscore an excellent warts-and-all performance by Cattrall (poignantly grabbing her belly fat in one scene) who is eying a return to the biz (and a $3,000 payday) in a gonzo anal sex video.

Where fantasy, reality and happy ending meet in Velour is not a mystery or really the point. It’s all about Cattrall.

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