Kim Cattrall drops her SEX AND THE CITY persona and turns in an award-caliber performance in the title role of MEET MONICA VELOUR, now available on DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment.
A coming-of-age story, the film, written and directed by Keith Bearden, centers on a dorky, seventeen-year-old recent high school graduate (Dustin Ingram), who lives with his cantankerous grandfather (Brian Dennehy) and worships the movies and pin-u photos of Monica Velour, a gorgeous adult film star of the 1980s.
Ingram, learning that Monica (Cattrall) will be appearing at a strip club in rural Indiana, decides to drive there from his home in Auburn, Washington, and see his "goddess" in person. When the aging former sex queen appears on stage, members of the small audience boo her and, after he tries to defend her, Ingram is beaten and she is fired.
Monica is a broke, single mother, living in a trailer park and fighting with her brutish ex-husband for custody of their young daughter. Ingram falls desperately in love with her; wants to "save" her from her squalid life. Unfortunately, Monica does not want saving, but she does feel a certain empathy for this young, geeky Don Quixote.
Sad, but ultimately charming, MEET MONICA VELOUR is a film with which many viewers will be able to identify.
© Michael B. Druxman
The DVD contains four deleted scenes.