Fading Gigolo (2014)
Fioravante (John Turturro) and Murray (Woody Allen) are an unusual pairing of friends. Fioravante is a kind and quiet florist who, who according to Murray, might look good naked and is dirty in an “Earthly way.” Murray, on the other hand, is a fast talking fire-cracker who attempts to get Fioravante to join his dermatologist Dr. Parker (Sharon Stone) in a 3-way for $1000 when she mentions to Murray she is interested. Due to his age and kind heart, Murray thinks that they could make some really good money this way and begins the “business” as Fioravante’s “manager.” Things don’t go as planned when Fioravante begins to fall for a Jewish widow who he connects with on an emotional level instead of physical.
The first thing that grabbed my attention when I went to see this movie was the 2 leads. I love both these guys and the chemistry between them is great (not to mention John Turturro directed and wrote the movie.) The first 20-30 minutes of the movie will have you laughing and bonding with the characters. I say this because in the middle the comedy disappears (mainly due to the fact that Woodly Allen isn’t in it) and you are left feeling empty. This is the part where Fioravante begins to spend time with his love interest Avigal (Vanessa Paradis) and she is not that pleasant to look at nor is she very entertaining. The chemistry at this point begins to suffer. Also, this is the point of the movie where the Jewish community presence becomes more prevalent and I just never understood why it was there in the first place. This movie needed the charm and chemistry of the leads throughout plus more of the Gigolo story to keep people’s interests but instead they throw in Jewish neighborhood patrols and court hearings which make us fall asleep. I was getting very bored during the middle 30 minutes. The end picks back up again when Woody Allen returns but by then the movie was in my “so-so” category rather than in my “impressed” category. I would recommend this movie for a rental at home, but not something to see in theaters. It’s still better than a lot of garbage out there so take that as you will. Co-starring Live Schreiber, Bob Balaban, Tonya Pinkins and Sofia Vergara.
7/10 Stars – I liked it more that I didn’t, the charm of the leads was great, but the middle was too bogged down for my liking.
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