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Mope (2019)

The tragic true story of best friends Steve Driver and Tom Dong, two low end porn actors who sought fame but gained infamy.

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Lucas Heyne

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Michael Louis Albo (story by), Lucas Heyne | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Nathan Stewart-Jarrett ... Steve Driver
Kelly Sry ... Tom Dong
Brian Huskey ... Eric
Max Adler ... Chris
David Arquette ... Rocket
Tonya Cornelisse ... Tampa
Clayton Rohner ... Dad
Peggy Dunne ... Mom
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marc Barnes ... Tony
Angel Cardenas ... Treetop
Nash Carter ... Kayla
Annie Cruz ... Nora
Chance Guess ... Dude 1
John Haegele ... Wiz
Kasey Keys ... Movie Store Employee
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The tragic true story of best friends Steve Driver and Tom Dong, two low end porn actors who sought fame but gained infamy.

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Everyone Is Going to Know Their Names

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 2019 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Many women who viewed the film found the story offensive and violating in general when it was first released. Then after a few weeks, many of them retracted their opinion(s) and began to praise the film and filmmakers. See more »

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I Was Laughing So Hard, I Was Crying
6 February 2019 | by imabigkidnow88See all my reviews

Hands down the best film AND experience I have ever had at the Sundance Film Festival in my past 5 years attending.

IMDB lists this movie as a Drama, and I would have to disagree with that primary label. While it does tell the dramatic true story of 2 low end porn actors, mope's as they are called in the industry, this movie is very much in a unique genre of comedy and drama, in its' own right.

Throughout the film I found myself laughing so hard, that at times I was crying and almost had to step out of the theater, as the comedic situations and dialogue were too much to take in. The film's fantastic pacing and approach to its unique genre allowed for the story arc to perfectly transition from that of a comedy to a drama. As the film approached its climatic and very dramatic ending, I was in awe that I could find myself empathizing with the character of Steve Driver, when merely 20 minutes ago I was outright laughing at his quest and approach to situations he would find himself in.

While watching, you can't help but laugh at the situations the two main characters find themselves in, as well as their devotion and dedication to their 'craft'. The serious demeanor of the characters, in their absurd and degrading positions within the industry, pushes the viewer to root for them in their plight for fame, while also pitying them at the same time. The motivation by both Steve Driver and Tom Dong is admirable, even if what they are seeking is downright degrading and laughable. The film provides a perfect mixture of both absurd comedic situations and dialogue, as well as the dramatic humanization of the characters as they interact with family, friends and crack whores about their hopes and dreams.

After the film ended, even the Q&A with the director was hilarious to listen to. One viewer asked; 'why there weren't more dick's in the film', stating that the director seemed to have more female body parts shown than male, at which point the director answered: "You want more dicks? I can add more dicks" and then proceeded to take a poll from the audience asking whom among us wanted more dicks to be added to the film, with everyone's hands promptly being raised.

I really hope that this movie gets a wide release soon, as I cannot wait to see it again in theaters. And along with the Sundance audience's demands, hopefully with more dicks this time.


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