Fading Gigolo fades fast

Gary Wolcott, atomictown.comMay 9, 2014 

A first view of the Fading Gigolo trailer has you thinking Woody Allen has done a new movie. There are clips of Allen and John Turturro bantering with vintage Allen dialogue. You get vintage Allen settings and the music is a jazzy, vintage Allen mix.

Only this isn't a Woody Allen movie. It's an Allen homage written and directed by Turturro.

Allen's scheming bookstore owner talks a middle-aged florist played by Turturro into being a gigolo. With an attitude that somebody has to do it so it might as well be me, the reluctant florist takes on the task.

It leads to encounters with several women. Sharon Stone's doctor wants a menage a trois is the first. She's followed by a pal played by Sophie Vergara and others. The plot finally settles on a rich, lonely and sad Jewish widow played by Vanessa Paradis.

She's the apple of the eye of Liev Schreiber's neighborhood policeman. Seeing her escorted out of the building by the nebbish Allen, the cop is jealous and suspicious. Suspicion leads to questions, and you know where it goes from there.

Actually from there -- and really from the beginning -- Fading Gigolo doesn't go anywhere. It fades fast as Turturro's ensemble cast struggles to give depth to characters and a plot that has none.

Director: John Turturro

Stars: John Turturro, Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Liev Schreiber, Sophie Vergara, Vanessa Pardis

Mr. Movie rating: 2 stars

Rated R for mature themes, brief nudity, sex. It's playing at the Carmike 12.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.

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