Keith Bearden, a former film critic and director of short movies, makes his feature-length debut with Meet Monica Velour
, the seriocomic story of a geek who becomes involved with the over-the-hill porn star he’s obsessed with. Unfortunately, despite some occasional flashes of insight, Bearden is mostly unable to use the longer running time to say anything meaningful about sexuality or flesh out his characters. The film is so formulaic that it would almost be easier to count the moments that don’t
feel stolen from other indie dramedies or coming-of-age movies. And worst of all, it also has the least appealing protagonist of any film in recent memory.