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Spread (2009)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 4.1/10
Reviews Counted: 62
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 49

Critics 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.

15%
Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 17

Critics 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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Average Rating: 2.7/5
User Ratings: 23,045

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Movie Info

A modern tale of morality, director David Mackenzie's stylish sex comedy centers on the exploits of a Los Angeles gigolo working his way to infamy one mattress at a time. Nicki (Ashton Kutcher) is the epitome of big-city sexuality. Terminally hip and always fashionable, he's a sexual grifter who operates by his own set of rules. But in Nicki's world of money, power, and fame, true stardom is fleeting. As Nicki climbs the ladder of conquest and begins focusing his attentions on an older, … More

Rating:
R (for strong sexual content, nudity and language)
Genre:
Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Jason Dean Hall
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Nov 10, 2009
Box Office:
$0.1M
Runtime:
Anchor Bay - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Spread

All Critics (64) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (49) | DVD (4)

Shallow, melodramatic, pretentious and wildly misguided, it's also ambitious, entertaining and rather funny.

Full Review… | January 5, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

The film becomes unintentionally funny when he falls for another hustler (Margarita Levieva) with even less conscience, their grand passion leading to ludicrous behavior and soap-opera dialogue.

Full Review… | August 20, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The film doesn't quite come off, though lots and lots of clothes do during its randy, random 97 minutes.

Full Review… | August 18, 2009
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Although Kutcher deserves some credit for trying to spread his professional wings, it quickly becomes clear that he's in over his head.

Full Review… | August 14, 2009
New York Daily News
Top Critic

A witless homage to Shampoo and American Gigolo that's brain-dead on arrival.

Full Review… | August 14, 2009
New York Post
Top Critic

Its formulaic, unconvincing story adds little to the conversation about slack ambition, mutual exploitation and evolving social mores.

Full Review… | August 14, 2009
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The tale of a guy who's just a victim of being a jerk, coping with the horrible curse of being good-looking.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Metromix.com

Kutcher is a credible and potent leading man with an easy address to the camera. He carries off the movie with some style.

Full Review… | January 5, 2010
Guardian

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.

Full Review… | January 5, 2010
Daily Telegraph

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.

Full Review… | January 5, 2010
Times [UK]

It's deeply moral soft-core porn.

Full Review… | January 5, 2010
Observer [UK]

The very impressive Spread deserves to be a cherished gem.

Full Review… | January 5, 2010
Digital Spy

The promising beginning deteriorates into a baffling shambles, with each character changing their entire personality at least once.

January 5, 2010
Heat Magazine

Spread devolves into your predictable, well-worn morality tale, and while there are beautiful people and emotional quandries aplenty, what we're really left with is a turgid but flashy romcom.

Full Review… | January 5, 2010
Sky Movies

Surprisingly believable as a preening hotshot - who'd have thought it? - Ashton Kutcher is ultimately undone by a disappointingly moralistic script that can't quite allow his easy-cum, easy-go hedonist to go unpunished.

Full Review… | January 5, 2010
Total Film

It's fun when it's at its bitchiest, and Kutcher's astute performance will surprise a few people.

Full Review… | January 5, 2010
Radio Times

I admired the way the movie avoided the usual romantic comedy happy ending, but the film's bleakness is unlikely to win it many friends at the box office.

Full Review… | January 5, 2010
Daily Mail [UK]

Spread is as fluffy as you can get, while you wonder how anyone could fall for someone like Nikki who dresses like a cross between Julian Clary and a far-right thug. Ghastly.

Full Review… | January 5, 2010
Daily Mirror [UK]

[Kutcher's] not a bad actor, in a lazy, self-conscious sort of way, but he's being propelled through a plot that has no guile, no subtlety, nothing at all, in fact, beyond a barely understood desire to punish him.

Full Review… | January 5, 2010
Independent

As there's nothing to the central character except his supremely selfish lifestyle, when that's taken from him by the inevitable romance and redemption, it's hard to care what happens.

Full Review… | January 5, 2010
Independent on Sunday

Spread is sleazier than Tiger Woods in a zebra-print tuxedo but amid the flailing boobs and six-packs there's a fair bit of polish, probably thanks to talented young Scottish director David Mackenzie.

Full Review… | January 5, 2010
News of the World

A sex comedy with plenty of sex, not enough comedy, and nowhere near enough smarts to pull off its final act attempts at Midnight Cowboy-style pathos.

Full Review… | January 5, 2010

Allegedly a sex-com, this has moments of charm but the shallow tawdryness of the lead's life choices taints the whole film.

Full Review… | January 1, 2010
Empire Magazine

An enjoyable, well written and superbly acted drama that plays like a modern day update of films like Shampoo or American Gigolo.

Full Review… | December 31, 2009
ViewLondon

Ashton Kutcher is unwilling (or unable) to make himself the object of the same judgmental lens through which he has "Punk'd" other celebrities.

Full Review… | November 23, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Spread

½

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.

Stinger839
_kelly .King

Super Reviewer

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.

itsjustme2004
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

½

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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Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

I really like David Mackenzie's "Spread" because it's one of the only films I have seen to accurately portray the death of romance in our generation. The characters are all very unlikable but never not honest. The picture plays with genre conventions and expectations, especially in the climax. Ashton Kutcher finally gets a role that suits him and has some great back-up from Anne Heche, Margarita Levieva and Sebastian Stan. The film has a great visual look (courtesy of master DP Steven Poster) and uses its LA backdrop to the fullest. "Spread" is a film not many will like due to the dark subject material and provocative sex, but I found it engaging, honest and accurate.

stevenecarrier
Steven Carrier

Super Reviewer

Spread Quotes


Nicki: I don't want to be arrogant here, but I'm an incredibly attractive man. I can't help it, I don't try to be, I just am.
– Submitted by alfie t (2 years ago)
Nicki: When a girl tells you you're not getting any, before you ask, before you even try, you're getting some.
– Submitted by Eduar P (2 years ago)
Nicki: I don't want to be arrogant here, but I'm an incredibly attractive man. I can't help it, I don't try to be, I just am.
– Submitted by Eduar P (2 years ago)

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