For its sheer commercial chutzpah alone, RED HOT deserves some kind of honorable mention. Even though the USSR is no longer Hollywood's all-purpose whipping boy, it functions here as a pre-Glasnost devil incarnate: an anti-rock'n'roll dictatorship!
Back in the 1950s, the Soviet government censors the recreational tastes of the populace. Imports like American rock'n'roll are considered subversive enough to guarantee a one-way ticket to Siberia. When his traveling musician uncle, Dimitri (Armin Mueller-Stall), smuggles in Jerry Lee Lewis and
Elvis 45s, promising classical music student Alexi (Balthazar Getty) gets his first treat of the foreign phenomenon. Alexi...