Critic Consensus: Despite occasional detours into surprisingly dark territory, Spread overall is an ineffectual celebration of vacuous Los Angeles high life rather than a deconstruction of it.
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Critic Reviews for Spread
Shallow, melodramatic, pretentious and wildly misguided, it's also ambitious, entertaining and rather funny.
The tale of a guy who's just a victim of being a jerk, coping with the horrible curse of being good-looking.
Kutcher is a credible and potent leading man with an easy address to the camera. He carries off the movie with some style.
Letting things slide into a sort of low-calorie moral vacuum, Mackenzie hasn't so much nailed LA's culture of skin-deep gratification as produced an advert for it.
The ghosts of Shampoo, American Gigolo and even Alfie (both versions) cruelly haunt the ripe and raunchy frames of Mackenzie's Spread - another "shallow-stud-in-need-of-redemption" movie that pales in the face of its predecessors.
Audience Reviews for Spread
Ashton Kutcher plays himself in a story about what Ashton Kutcher most likely did for a living before he got famous (and what he does all day for a living now that he's Demi Moore's professional kept boy). The main character is not empathetic (and you don't need to be a pretty boy to empathize with one, just write the pretty boy better) and his "journey" never feels significant. Cinematography and acting is decent (besides Ashton who I've already established is just playing himself) but there's nothing of substance here. Waste of time and just a fun "take a risk" project for Ashton. I suppose his fans will like it as he has many partially nude scenes.
Ok. Ok. I went into this knowing full well that it was supposed to suck. I REALLY liked it, and noone would be more surprised about that than me. Maybe I just REALLY like Ashton? He sure is a hotty, thats a given. BUT...I think that I would still have liked it with any other good looking guy in it. Maybe. It could happen.
Can't say I am overly surprised that a lot of people didn't like this, but personally I found it not too bad.
I would say this is Ashton Kutcher attempting a serious role, which obviously doesn't come across as all that convincing. Ashton is an actor who does comedy and fluff well. This is funny in a black way in places, but overall I think it is trying to be serious.
The story follows Ashton as guy who basically pimps himself out to older women for somewhere nice to stay and to get clothes and things bought for him. Pretty much a whore, but I don't think he really sees himself that way - more a scammer. It's kind of hard to take too seriously when he is strutting around talking about how hot he is while actually looking kind of dorky in some... interesting... fashion choices. Anne Heche plays a women who gets involved with him and is hurt by him. I think it does have something to say, as her character, while attractive, is ageing and, feeling insecure, she does something pretty drastic to improve herself. She points out to Ashton that he is also ageing and he can't get by on a pretty face all his life.
There is then another twist where he meets a young girl played by Margarita Levieva and falls in love with her. Then the movie is mostly about seeing if he will get her or if he can change his ways.
The ending isn't something I would expect from an Ashton vehicle,but I guess it is valid considering the track record of his character.
I could not highly recommend this as I don't think it will be for everyone, and other reviews here verify that, but it may pleasantly surprise some people. Maybe one to rent when you are getting out other stuff, just in case!
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