Quid Pro Quo (2008)
Critic Consensus: Despite a stunning performance by Vera Farmiga, Quid Pro Quo never develops its effective parts into a convincing whole.
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Critic Reviews for Quid Pro Quo
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
Its biggest mystery is how it was financed (by Texas trillionaire and Dallas Maverick owner Mark Cuban, no less) and selected for distribution.
Quid Pro Quo hovers in a noir-shaded twilight zone where repressed memories and guilt merge in an obsession with physical and emotional paralysis.
The movie exerts a certain appeal without ever being convincing.
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.
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.
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.
[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]
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