** out of 5
Article first published as Movie Review: 'Lucky Bastard' on Blogcritics.
As if the found footage genre didn’t already have one foot in the
grave, here comes another nail in the coffin with the porn-themed Lucky Bastard.
Slapped with an NC-17 rating and revolving around a porn shoot gone
wrong, you’d think the film might be ripe with possibilities.
Unfortunately, there’s barely enough shenanigans to make up even a short
film, let alone drag them out to feature length boredom. Had this been
an actual adult entertainment production they could have gone all out
with the titillation — which would have at least been a saving grace for
the plodding plot. But all we’re left with are characters running
around in circles while plot contrivances pile up faster than the dead
is the name of a porn site run by Mike (Don McManus) where a lucky
subscriber gets picked to have sex with a porn star. Mike has finally
convinced their most popular star, Ashley Saint (Betsy Rue), to
participate, but under the condition that she gets to pick the winner.
They finally set their sights on Dave (Jay Paulson), a ginger Army vet
mourning the loss of his brother. Mike, Ashley Saint, Mike’s girlfriend
Casey (Catherine Annette), and cameraman Kris (Chris Wylde), pick up
Dave where everything instantly goes awry. Between toting a Dodgers
T-shirt and freaking out when Ashley tries to grab his crotch, it goes
from bad to worse after Dave starts to come off like a stalker when he
reveals he calls Ashley by her real name and knows the names of her
kids. Let alone that once they get to the rented reality-TV house, Dave
shows his true colors after they turn him into a joke after a bout of
premature ejaculation, and starts picking off the crew one by one.
Let’s get one thing straight here, Lucky Bastard may be rated
NC-17, but just know that it’s only for a few quick shots of floppy
penises. Like I said before, had they used real porn stars and went all
out with the sex and violence, director/co-writer Robert Nathan, along
with co-writer Lukas Kendall, could have upped the ante in the tired
sub-genre. Even a dash of “torture porn” would have at least provided
something more interesting than anything found in this snail-paced mess.
Rue has been seen with her clothes off before in the far more
entertaining My Bloody Valentine remake, and character actor
McManus seems better fit in the tiny roles he usually plays. Here, he
comes off as a low-rent Ken Marino, who would have been fantastic in
something as schlocky as this. There is a good idea planted in the
center of Lucky Bastard, it’s just too bad no one had any idea
what to do with it. Maybe the target demographic will get lucky and
someone like Digital Playground or even Hustler Video will make a spoof