Preston Barta // Film Critic
“Fading Gigolo,” 90 min.
Rated R for some sexual content, language and brief nudity.
Director: John Turturro
Stars: John Turturro, Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Vanessa Paradis, Liev Schreiber and Sofía Vergara
With “Fading Gigolo,” John Turturro brings his gifts back behind the camera, as well as in front, for the all-star comedy about a mild-mannered florist named Fioravante (Turturro) whose lifelong friend, Murray (Woody Allen), wants him to be New York City’s go-to middle-aged man-whore.
Turturro proves that he can handle a light comedy as an actor as well as a writer-director. It’s easy to see how he got Woody Allen to be a part of this (he’s only been in less than a handful of films that he didn’t direct), as you could imagine Allen directing this film too. Many scenes begins with comedy and light chuckles and end on a touching note. And although this is a bit of a fairytale story, Turturro never leaves the bounds of reality. Despite its tonal and narrative structure issues, it’s a bittersweet film for older crowds to enjoy.
Our Interview with John Turturro – Film Impact, Working w/ Cast
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“Fading Gigolo” opens tomorrow in select theaters.
Like “Buried” (2010) with Ryan Reynolds, this feature keeps things dead simple: one man and one location. “Locke” does not include car chases or crashes. It’s merely a movie in which Tom Hardy (“The Dark Knight Rises”) drives around in a car for the film’s 90-minute duration and induces intense phone conversations about concrete and a newborn. So those looking for flashy visuals and big action scenes should turn elsewhere, for “Locke” is a triumph in minimalist filmmaking and a master class in acting.
“Locke” opens in select theaters.
Coming soon: Interview with writer-director Steven Knight!