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Grackles review Red Rocket

Directed by Sean Baker

Reviewed by Madison Garber and Christopher Notarnicola

 Sean Baker continues his cinematic examination of the margins of American society in Red Rocket (2021), his follow-up film to The Florida Project, which brought Baker’s work to the mainstream in 2017. His latest film builds on his exploration of sex work in Tangerine (2015) and Starlet (2012), following Mikey Saber (Simon Rex), who returns to Texas City in disgrace after living it up in Los Angeles as an award-winning porn star for two decades. It takes more than a little charm and fast-talking to convince his estranged wife and former porn star Lexi (Bree Elrod) and her mother Lil (Brenda Deiss) to take him in. The condition: Mikey must earn his keep. At first he attempts to find honest work, but when his porn-laden resume fails to impress, he turns to weed dealing for Texas City local Leondria (Judy Hill) and her daughter June (Brittney