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With: Louisa Krause, Libby Woodbridge, Roderick Hill, Will Brill, Jonny Orsini
Written by: Andrew Neel, Mike Roberts
Directed by: Andrew Neel
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 84
Date: 03/10/2012

King Kelly (2012)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Porn Identity

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Quite a few recent movies have been filmed on portable devices by their characters, and King Kelly is no exception. It appears as if the main character and her best friend have filmed the entire adventure on their iPhones, and indeed, director Andrew Neel did use that technology for at least most of his movie. Thankfully, however, Neel appears to have something to say about the entire thing, rather than being content to rest on his gimmick.

Kelly (Louisa Krause) works stripping and masturbating for a webcam service, and hopes to launch her own website soon, believing that she'll become extra-famous. Her best friend Jordan (Libby Woodbridge) helps her out. When her ex-boyfriend Ryan (Will Brill) takes back his car that Kelly has been driving, he doesn't realize that she has a shipment of heroin in the trunk. She must get the drugs back before serious trouble comes down. But in Kelly's world, things operate in Kelly's way, and on Kelly's own clock. First, there's a little fun to be had. One of Kelly's fans, a state trooper known as "Poo Bare" (Roderick Hill) shows up to help, but eventually only adds to the trouble.

His characters and their absurd situation demonstrate the kind of attitude that seems to be behind the YouTube and Facebook phenomenon, a kind of selfish, callous, narcissistic state of being that allows for no actual human input or interaction. (Even during sex, she films her own face, posing and pouting for her "fans.") The plot about finding the drugs by a certain time is eventually dropped so that Kelly (well played by Louisa Krause) can get her way. It's outrageous, cynical, and not always easy to watch, but quite smart.
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