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Quid Pro Quo (2008)



Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 35
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 15

Despite a stunning performance by Vera Farmiga, Quid Pro Quo never develops its effective parts into a convincing whole.


Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 8

Despite a stunning performance by Vera Farmiga, Quid Pro Quo never develops its effective parts into a convincing whole.



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A man who can't walk meets a woman who envies his condition in this offbeat black comedy. Isaac Knott (Nick Stahl) lost the use of his legs when he was eight years old in an auto accident that also claimed the lives of his parents. Despite being confined to a wheelchair, Isaac has enjoyed a successful career as the host of a talk show on a New York City public radio outlet. One day, Isaac is told an odd story about a man who arrived at a local hospital and demanded to have his legs amputated;


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Carlos Brooks

Aug 20, 2008

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Its biggest mystery is how it was financed (by Texas trillionaire and Dallas Maverick owner Mark Cuban, no less) and selected for distribution.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Quid Pro Quo hovers in a noir-shaded twilight zone where repressed memories and guilt merge in an obsession with physical and emotional paralysis.

June 13, 2008
New York Times
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The movie exerts a certain appeal without ever being convincing.

June 13, 2008 Full Review Source:
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This warped masochistic cousin to David Cronenberg's Crash - not to be confused with the Oscar winner of the same name -- is well worth seeing for Farmiga's stunning performance.

June 13, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Post
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While a good director can spin a worthy movie from any subject, first-timer Carlos Brooks does surprisingly little with the jaw-dropper of a topic he chose.

June 13, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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If you were a fan of David Cronenberg's Crash, you might just be the target audience for Quid Pro Quo, a perverse psychological drama about able-bodied people who yearn to become disabled.

June 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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In fact, "Quid Pro Quo" is not at all funny, merely occasionally sarcastic, its plot a succession of half-baked pop-psych speculations and its dialogue a glib sampling of sub-Diablo Cody incredibility

August 8, 2009 Full Review Source: indieWIRE

Strikingly original and spectacularly twisted, Quid Pro Quo is a gem. Two outstanding performances from Nick Stahl and Vera Farmiga provide riveting viewing

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

has the best "middle" I've seen in a long time

August 13, 2008 Full Review Source:

By far the movie's strong suit is Farmiga, who gives an astonishingly layered performance,

July 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Very deftly made, with some lovely cinematography and two quirky, engaging lead performances, it's a satisfying debut.

June 20, 2008

An outsider adventure strictly for the very open-minded, presenting the numbness of paralysis, ironically, as a potential source of paroxysms of pleasure.

June 19, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

An obscure and terrifying mental disorder leads a reporter to the strangest and then the most terrifying story of his life. A neat film noir in a very modern setting amongst people who are not all there.

June 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
Monsters and Critics

This odd little fugue of a movie would be implausible, even laughable, if it weren't also marvelously played, visually composed and plotted with the utmost cunning.

June 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

The film is lightest on its feet when it shakes off the Red Shoe Diaries foreboding for moments of sly irony

June 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Brooks has no idea how to pace his irritatingly giddy script, and the film feels overlong at 82 minutes.

June 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

I wanted Quid Pro Quo to develop into something at every turn, but it just never gels. It's a great 20-page short story that can't sustain 82 minutes of life on the big screen.

June 13, 2008 Full Review Source: The Deadbolt
The Deadbolt

It frustratingly refuses to go bonkers, but the film is a compelling sit, brought to life by two very crafty, pointed performances.

June 12, 2008 Full Review Source:

[Director] Brooks plunges into the thick of a largely unfamiliar subculture in Quid Pro Quo, but the journey involves a series of well-telegraphed twists and turns.

June 12, 2008 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Audience Reviews for Quid Pro Quo

Pretty disturbing, but only someone like Vera Farmiga could be sexy pretending to be crippled. Makes you wonder if these people really exist. Decent ending, even though I usually hate suprise twists.
September 1, 2009
Curtis Lilly

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Highly charged film about a very dark subject and a not often discussed subculture. A year ago this viewer had never heard of Vera Farmiga. But, the more I see of her work, the more impressed I become. Fiona (Farmiga) is a very disturbed young woman with a secret. Isaac (Nick Stahl) is a paraplegic public radio story teller who gets drawn into Fiona's world and uncovers a truth about himself that he ultimately does not want to face. Powerful performances propel the story that is at once sexy, disturbing, and revealing. Sexy, without being crude, disturbing without being gloomy, and revealing without being voyeuristic. This viewer was fascinated by the story, the acting, and the characters. Atmospheric lighting, and tight cinematography, along with good pacing kept this viewer glued to the screen. At under 90 minutes, this film said a lot in a short amount of time. Four stars.
May 29, 2009
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

[font=Century Gothic]In "Quid Pro Quo," Isaac Knott(Nick Stahl) has been confined to a wheelchair since the age of 8 when he was injured in a car accident in Upstate New York that claimed the lives of his parents. In the present day, he is an on air personality for public radio in New York City where he is set up on blind dates since his girlfriend Raine(Aimee Mullins), also in a wheelchair, turned down his proposal of marriage. Sadly, the dates rarely turn out well. While investigating a lead on a man allegedly bribing doctors to amputate his limbs, Isaac is contacted by Fiona(Vera Farmiga) who has some insight into the wannabe community but is reticent about being interviewed on the air. What she is not shy about is sharing that she feels paralyzed in a walking body.[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]As strangely offbeat as "Quid Pro Quo" is, it also contains a touching story and engaging lead performances. What really makes the movie is an eleventh hour revelation that puts everything in context, including the magic shoes. Oddly enough, the movie is kindly respectful towards the wannabes as inexplicable as their behavior may seem. My best guess would be a certain unappiness and unease in the their own skin but the hint of martyrdom is more than a little distressing. Also surprising is Isaac's willingness to answer the wannabes' questions(that level of reality of creeps them out) even as he encounters the daily difficulties of navigiating daily life in Manhattan from a wheelchair.[/font]
April 23, 2009
Walter M.

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