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Starring: Simon Rex, Bree Elrod, Suzanna Son, Brenda Deiss, Judy Hill, Marlon Lambert, Brittany Rodriguez, Ethan Darbone, Shih-Ching Tsou, Parker Bigham
A24 comedy-drama directed and co-written by Sean Baker. Red Rocket (2021) centers on Mikey Saber (Simon Rex), a washed-up porn star who returns to his small Texas hometown, where his estranged wife, Lexi (Bree Elrod) lives. Just as he seems to be making things work, Mikey meets Strawberry (Suzanna Son), a young woman working the cash register at a local doughnut shop, and he falls right back into his old habits.
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Lexi: You said you’re never going to step a foot in Texas again.
Mikey: I know. This is unexpected.
Lexi: Well, nothing with you is unexpected.
Lexi: I’m calling the cops!
Mikey: F***! Really?
Mikey: I just need a place to crash for a couple of days. What’s the big deal?
Lexi:Mikey, go f*** yourself.
Welfare Office Worker: Your last job is over seventeen years ago. That’s quite a gap.
Mikey: Alright, look, I’m going to be straight with you. I’m an adult film actor.
Welfare Office Worker: Excuse me?
Mikey: Well, you know, I’ve worked almost every day for the last seventeen years. I moved back in with my wife last week. We decided to make a run of it.
Leondria: So why are you back, Mr. Hollywood?
Lonnie: Mikey. Welcome back, dude.
Mikey: I’m on top of my game right now, on like every single possible level. Physical, stamina. My mind is sharp. I’m taking 5-HTP for serotonin in my brain.
Mikey: With my skill and ability, there’s no denying what I can do. The universe is on my side, bro.
Mikey: Before long, it’ll be like we’re still married.
Lexi: We are still married.
Mikey: What’s your name?
Strawberry: Everybody calls me Strawberry.
Mikey: You’re like an extraterrestrial around here.
Strawberry: Don’t f*** with me.
Mikey: I’m not.
Mikey: [to the dog] Life’s sweet, Sophie. Life is sweet.
Lexi: Where were you?
Mikey: In this cute little town called None of Your F***ing Business, Texas.
Lexi: I hope you had a good f***ing time!
Strawberry: I think it’s cool you just said, “F*** it. I’m going to get paid for doing the thing I love most.” And as long as you’re not hurting anybody, you do you, man.
Mikey: He sucker-punched me! I would a hundred percent out-cardiod that guy. F***. Sorry for swearing.
Mikey: S*** got out of control. I came this f***ing close to getting shot. This f***ing close.
Mikey: The dog’s like, “Oh, he’s a good man. I can tell by his nice energy.”
Leondria: You’re persona non grata.