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Fioravante decides to become a professional Don Juan as a way of making money to help his cash-strapped friend, Murray. With Murray acting as his "manager", the duo quickly finds themselves caught up in the crosscurrents of love and money.
Comedy - Although written and directed by its star John Turturro, this comedy
aimed at an adult audience looks, sounds, and feels like a Woody
Allen film--and Allen himself has a prominent supporting role. Some
language, sex, and adult subject matter make the film not for kids.
The more known women in the cast, Sharon Stone and Sofia Vergara,
have fairly small roles.
PROFANITY: 3 F-words; 1 other. SEX/NUDITY: Sex with some related nudity. VIOLENCE: None. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: A car collision. COMEDY: Constant banter and wisecracks, often suggestive.
Roger EbertFull Review Above Average "Fading Gigolo" is a New York story through and through, often funny, sometimes moving, occasionally goofy as hell. With my objective critic hat on, I have to admit that it's not really a home run, but as an aging urban dweller it hit some notes both antic and plangent for me.
USA TodayFull Review Above Average Allen's comic timing is uneven, but when on target, it recalls his performances in Love and Death and Broadway Danny Rose. Turturro's soulful portrayal raises the level of the film, which threatens to become silly, given the outlandish story line. Fading Gigolo, Turturro's fifth directorial effort, is a slight, comical and intermittently affecting film about loneliness and desire.
NY PostFull Review Average With "Fading Gigolo," writer-director-star John Turturro does a passable imitation of a mediocre Woody Allen sex comedy, and guess who tags along for this would-be romp?
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Fioravante (John Turturro), at his friend Murray's (Woody Allen) suggestion,
the world's oldest profession, and ends up finding something he didn't know he
The seed of this scheme is planted when Murray's beautiful dermatologist Dr.
(Sharon Stone) mentions she's looking for a man to participate in a menage a
her and her equally gorgeous friend Selima (Sofia Vergara). Contending with the
closure of his bookshop, Murray recognizes the financial potential of this
sets about convincing Fioravante to consummate the deal. While Fioravante is at
hesitant at the prospect of being Murray's "ho," he also needs the cash and
realize that there are worse ways to make a living than making two attention
women happy. A partnership is born and Fioravante is soon on his way to Dr.
bedroom for a pre-menage tryout.
Meanwhile Murray has come across an unusual second client for Fioravante:
(Vanessa Paradis), the widow of a revered Chasidic Rabbi, whom she married when
she was very young. Twenty years later, Avigal now finds herself with six
memories of a life lived only within the cloistered world of the Chasidic
a desperate yearning to experience something new. When Murray proposes that she
visit Fioravante, she grasps this opportunity, curious as to where it might lead
Fioravante's tender touch on her back awakens something inside her Avigal has
felt before, as well as stirring up an unexpected reaction in Fioravante.
Meanwhile, Avigal's every move is tracked by Dovi (Liev Schreiber), a
who has pined for her since boyhood. Constricted both by religion and
passion takes the form of watchfulness over Avigal and her children. Seeing
Fioravante arouses Dovi's suspicion, and before long, his jealousy.
As Fioravante makes his rounds through the bedrooms of Dr. Parker and Selima,
well as his more chaste meetings with Avigal, Murray discovers it's not so easy
to be a
pimp and finds out that the secular and the Orthodox must come to a head sooner