Friday, May 9 2014, 03:23 PM MDT
Movie Review: Fading Gigolo
3 out of 5 Stars
Director: John Turturro
Starring: John Turturro, Woody Allen, Sharon Stone
Recommended To: Those looking for a strange alternate reality where Woody Allen successfully plays John Turturro's pimp.
Synopsis: When Murray (Woody Allen) is forced to close his family's book store he asks his friend Fioravante (John Turturro) to help him out by getting paid for turning tricks for Murray's rich female friends.
Review: I suppose it could be fairly believable that John Turturro could catch the eye of women like Sharon Stone, Vanessa Paradis or Sofia Vergara. They might even be willing the pay handsomely for his services. What I can't believe is Woody Allen being an effective pimp. Fortunately Fading Gigolo, which also written and directed by Turturro, isn't concerned with being overly realistic. It is concerned with presenting a lighthearted comedy with a hefty amount of heart (courtesy of Paradis' Avigal and Turturro's Fioravante) and while some of its deeper message about love and connection is lost in the film's premise and somewhat goofy tone the story works more often than it comes up wanting. The performances are good, only Allen grates on the nerves (which is likely exactly what Turturro was going for considering Allen always delivers the same sort of performance). Paradis is particularly charming. Fading Gigolo is a nice diversion, but not much more.
-Ryan Michael Painter