Fading Gigolo (2014)
Critic Consensus: Admittedly vulgar and ludicrous, Fading Gigolo gets a decent amount of mileage out of the entertaining chemistry between its starring duo.
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Critic Reviews for Fading Gigolo
The preposterousness of this plot marks Fading Gigolo as a vanity project, but it's hard to take Turturro too much to task when he hits so many other grace notes in between blowing his own horn.
The premise is preposterous and many of the gags are tasteless, yet the tone is gentle, even elegiac, and the players are surprisingly sensitive.
A story that pretends to be about sex but is actually focused on revealing the true nature of intimacy.
"Fading Gigolo" may be far from perfect, but it's near impossible to dislike.
The chemistry is just right between Allen and Turturro, who immediately register as best friends for life, and between Stone and Turturro, whose mutual awkwardness gives way to a goofy form of passion.
Audience Reviews for Fading Gigolo
Despite its good moments - and there really are a handful of them, largely thanks to the presence of Woody Allen -, this average comedy is so harmless in many ways that even its sweet message about loneliness and connection gets diluted by how perfunctory the plot is.
The writing and tone of Fading Gigolo is too uneven to make for a coherent, admirable film. The plot awkwardly shifts from melodrama to sexual comedy with no real justification. There are elements of the film that could have worked if the filmmakers had chosen one specific tone or message as opposed to several very different ones.
A wonderfully compelling an enjoyable comedy with a great cast. John Turturro truly embraces his material he conceived with a heartfelt performance and solid direction. Woody Allen is excellent.
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|Dr. Parker:||It's like candy, having sex with you. You're 'top shelf'...hard to reach. That's what makes you so good.|
|Murray:||Loved the movie from beginning to end. Great chemistry John Turturro and Allen. Laughed and was transported to another very sophisticated world for the entire film|
|Dr. Parker:||You are really top shelf; hard to reach.|