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Lucky Bastard movie review: Nice Guy in porn-rage massacre

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Two contrived things, found-footage and porn, combine to create a flick that is distasteful and downright disgusting in so many ways.
I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): found footage is played out

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Murderous Nice Guys(TM) for the, er, win, again. Dave (Jay Paulson) is “a decent guy… a nice person,” and so he deserves to fuck a porn star. And thanks to a Web project by porn filmmaker Mike (Don McManus: Grand Piano), Dave is getting his chance, with XXX star Ashley Saint (Betsy Rue: Miss March)… and it’ll all be recorded for posterity and online sales. Now, Dave knows that the Lucky Bastard Web site gets a lot of bang out of making fun of the sorts of pathetic losers who think they deserve to fuck a porn star and then — invariably, as the site’s history with this conceit demonstrates — end up being completely inept at it, like maybe shooting their wad the moment they get a handful of porn-star boob. So there’s extra hapless entitlement in Dave’s anger when he gets precisely what he is fully aware is coming to him, and commences to enact violent revenge anyway. Two contrived things, found-footage and porn, combine here to create a flick that is distasteful and downright disgusting in so many ways — like how rape is meant to be titillating if a woman is the victim, but horrifying if the victim is a man — and even the acknowledgement that porn is phony fantasy made by people who don’t feel the least bit sexy making it cannot redeem it. (The sex is simulated: there’s no actual “real” porn here.) The scroll of text that introduces the film makes me wonder whether writer (with Lukas Kendall) and first-time director Robert Nathan — who’s mostly been a Law & Order writer; the scenario here is right outta SVU, and desperately needs Olivia Benson to rage at it — isn’t a creepy, frustrated Nice Guy himself. “For too long the adult entertainment industry has pushed the boundaries not only of obscenity but common sense,” we are informed. “Those who play with fire… eventually get burned.” That sounds an awful lot like Nathan is on Dave’s side. And that’s the only scary thing about any of this.


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Lucky Bastard (2014)
US/Can release: Feb 14 2014 (VOD May 16 2014)

MPAA: rated NC-17 for explicit sexual content

viewed on my iPad

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