‘Red Rocket’ review: Simon Rex blasts off as porn star starting over

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The Detroit News

Simon Rex — yes that Simon Rex, the washed-up former MTV personality and star of “Scary Movies” 3-5 — gives one of the year’s most triumphant performances in “Red Rocket,” starring as a burnt-out porn star who returns home to Texas City, Texas, to try and put his life back together. For Rex, it’s nothing short of a revelation and a career resurrection. For writer-director Sean Baker (“The Florida Project”), who had the vision to even cast Rex in the first place as well as the faith he could pull it off, it shows he is one of Hollywood’s most visionary outsiders, a filmmaker who doesn’t chase c…

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