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Review: LUCKY BASTARD (2014)

by Aaron Vaccaro – Head Writer

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Best Bad Quote:

“Remember when we could make a fetish movie with animals? Now you need like forty guys and an endangered species.”

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Just when you thought it was safe to grab a box of tissues, some lotion and drop your pants to your ankles, Lucky Bastard comes along and paints a grim picture of the dark-side of pornography.

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Directed by Robert Nathan and written by Nathan and Lukas Kendall, Lucky Bastard tells the story of a typical online pornography website that wears many hats, one of which being picking a devoted fan to have sex with one of their favorite porn stars. The head of the company, Mike, played expertly by Don McManus (The Shawshank Redemption, National Treasure) decides on Dave G., played disturbingly well by Jay Paulson, who you might remember as one of the “X-Phile Nerds” in Can’t Hardly Wait. After Mike and his starlet Ashley Saint (Betsy Rue) watch the sympathetic sob story that is Dave G.’s submission video they decide he seems like a nice guy and give him a shot.

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Let’s just say, looks can be deceiving. The moment Dave G.’s face appears on-screen for the first time, you instantly know something is not right with this guy. He has the same crazed look in his eyes shared by the murderers perpetrating the all too common mass shootings around this country. Despite Dave seeming like a very delicate flower, capable of snapping at any moment, Mike and the rest of the porn crew keep pushing the young man because in their business time is money. Not only do they push the man, they belittle him, they patronize him, without considering the consequences.

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Lucky Bastard is more than a found footage thriller about the dark side of the pornography industry. It’s a morality allegory for the sheer arrogance our society has grown accustomed to and the naiveté of trusting everyone as a result. The same way bullying has become such a hot topic issue and a major contributing factor to school shootings in this country, our mentally unstable “Lucky Bastard” in this film is no different and is pushed to the edge and allows us an insight to what sets these murderers off.

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It’s not particularly an easy watch, but I think Lucky Bastard is an important watch as a cautionary tale for what happens when we believe anything and everything should be possible in our easily accessible society. The directing and the acting in the film are top notch, especially Paulson who walks the line between confused, awkward introvert and sadistic psychopath and gives a nuanced performance that feels all too visceral. The most refreshing thing about this movie is we get to see a new side of the found footage genre that doesn’t involved haunted houses or alien creatures, but the scariest monster of all… man.

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Lucky Bastard will be available on Cable on Demand on May 15th, and on iVoD platforms (YouTube, Google Play, PlayStation Network, and XBox Live) starting May 16th.

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Rating:

4 out of 5 Boob Stares 

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