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Spread (2009)

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

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

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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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,

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Jason Dean Hall

Nov 10, 2009

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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.

January 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

August 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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The film doesn't quite come off, though lots and lots of clothes do during its randy, random 97 minutes.

August 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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Although Kutcher deserves some credit for trying to spread his professional wings, it quickly becomes clear that he's in over his head.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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A witless homage to Shampoo and American Gigolo that's brain-dead on arrival.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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Its formulaic, unconvincing story adds little to the conversation about slack ambition, mutual exploitation and evolving social mores.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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The tale of a guy who's just a victim of being a jerk, coping with the horrible curse of being good-looking.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Metromix.com
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.

January 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Guardian
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.

January 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
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.

January 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

It's deeply moral soft-core porn.

January 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

The very impressive Spread deserves to be a cherished gem.

January 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Comments (2)
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.

January 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
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.

January 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

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

January 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Radio Times
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.

January 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
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.

January 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Comment (1)
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.

January 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Independent
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.

January 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Independent on Sunday
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.

January 5, 2010 Full Review Source: News of the World
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.

January 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Scotsman

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

January 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

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

December 31, 2009 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
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.

November 23, 2009 Full Review Source: DVD Review
DVD Review

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.
October 17, 2010
Stinger839

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.
October 14, 2010
itsjustme2004

Super Reviewer

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!
September 6, 2010
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Super Reviewer

    1. 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)
    1. 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)
    1. 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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