(Test screened this movie). I truly enjoyed this overly long, yet well executed character study of an antihero & the Texas town he crashes after a failed LA residency. While I live in NYC now, I am originally from a small, unattractive town such as the one in Red Rocket. I know these people. I know this town. And the execution of both are spot on. Simon Rex is truly fantastic as he carries the movie on his shoulders the entire time, bolstered by two fantastic performances from the two totally opposite leading ladies & their personas. Sean Baker knows where the camera needs to be to set the mood for each scene. Some monotonous scenes are still remarkably beautiful, due to Baker's ability to catch the sunset just right or the backdrop of an oil factory. This movie is long, and particularly slow at parts, but executed with such care & craft that I was thoroughly engaged at all times, enjoying my time with these characters, living in their daily world. No, I'm not ok with Strawberry being 17 at the beginning of this movie, and just wish they made her a good ol' legal 18-year-old. Call me old-fashioned.