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Door Mouse

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Entertaining, scruffy neo-noir set in world of sex workers.

Movie NR 2023 101 minutes
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This low-key neo-noir doesn't go much deeper than its assertion that some people are just monsters, but it has more than enough punk-grunge style and flip attitude to make it consistently interesting. The writing and directing feature debut of actor Avan Jogia (who also co-stars as drug dealer Mooney), Door Mouse has a great central character in Law's "Mouse." She's like a combination of Philip Marlowe and Tank Girl. (Her nickname is courtesy of her dual-poof hairstyle, which is reminiscent of Mickey Mouse ears.) Both detective and narrator, she's cynical and stoic, but she also genuinely cares about goodness. Even less emotional (and with only a few dozen lines of dialogue), Powers' "Ugly" is a great sidekick. He's the Robin to Mouse's Dark Knight. The movie's mystery story is a little inert, and its themes are a bit familiar, but Jogia's seedy world of burlesque clubs, adult-oriented comic book shops, and crummy apartments is memorably vivid. It's an outsider's world, and part of the drive behind Door Mouse is the outrage over the inequality of it all.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: January 13, 2023
  • On DVD or streaming: January 13, 2023
  • Cast: Hayley Law , Keith Powers , Famke Janssen
  • Director: Avan Jogia
  • Inclusion Information: Indian/South Asian directors, Black actors, Female actors, Indian/South Asian writers
  • Studio: Gravitas Ventures
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Run time: 101 minutes
  • MPAA rating: NR
  • Last updated: March 17, 2023

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