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Aug 24, 2013It's sad to see a movie trying to tell a meaningful story go for shock by throwing an x-rated scene into the mix. I understand that the X industry is part of the storyline, but it was completely graphically unnecessary it badly overshadows the movie to a "0."
Awards & Rankings
Starlet sneaks up on you. Set in the same sun-dried, strip-malled precincts of the San Fernando Valley where "Boogie Nights" took place - and set, in part, in that same porn industry milieu - Sean Baker's low-key, low-budget indie traces the relationship that develops between a young actress and an isolated, elderly woman.
It's an odd film in some ways. The porn milieu is detailed in ways at once sparing, in terms of actual screen time, and bluntly explicit. The odd-couple relationship guiding the story has its familiarities. But where it counts, 'Starlet' ... allows its characters room to maneuver within the potential cliches.