It’s a murder-mystery based on the real-life story of a young porn star, Sean Paul Lockhart-turned-Brent Corrigan, who gets mixed up with the wrong producer — and caught up in a rivalry like no other. However, I was pleasantly surprised that while I knew the cast from previous work, they were nothing like I expected.
A movie about an underage porn star (Garrett Clayton) sleeping with their producer (Christian Slater) can go many different directions. Especially when James Franco and Keegan Allen are involved as the rival porn producer team — who are actually also together.
In the film, porn producer Stephen (Slater) comes across Sean Paul Lockhart (Clayton), who wants to break into the film industry; so he turns to porn and in turn, also becomes Brent Corrigan. However, he quickly realizes he’s in over his head when Bryan develops feelings for him and their relationship turns sexual. Desperate to get away, he uses the fact that he was under 18 when they began to try and break away. When that doesn’t work, rival producers, Joe (Franco) and Harlow (Allen) step in — and take matters into their own hands.
Sounds pretty complex right? Well you’re right. The film is shot unlike any other I’ve ever seen and gives a creative and specific perspective. Directed by Justin Kelly, who has worked with James Franco multiple times, the direction is clear: a scary view of a young kid who was taken advantage of.
So, are the sex scenes intense? Well yes, they are. No, there’s no full male nudity here but the movements, emotions and commentary (especially Franco) will make you blush. Yes, it’s awkward seeing a Pretty Little Liars star having intense sex with James Franco. What impressed me the most was Garrett.
I’ve interviewed Garrett about Teen Beach Movie and the sequel over the years; many have seen him as just that: another Disney star. However, he actually showed that he’s much more than a cute face, and a Disney personality. He’s an actor who can actually be very moving. During one scene, he’s shown breaking down and not only is it believable but it’s actually relatable. Not only did he make me tear up, but I didn’t want to stop watching.
Overall, the emotion in the film is a strong one: sometimes you don’t know whether to laugh or to cry, but overall, it still makes you feel. And that’s the point right?