Fading Gigolo

John Turturro
USA 2013
98 min

Woody Allen plays a pimp and John Turturro his gigolo employee. Got that? Accept the brilliantly absurd premise of FADING GIGOlO and you’re in for a hilarious ride. Working from his own screenplay, Turturro sets up the crazy idea in quick, bold strokes, then goes on to explore just what it would mean to be a middle-aged man for hire. And did we mention he’s a novice? Fioravante (Turturro) is a junior florist and friend to Murray (Allen), whose small bookshop is facing closure. To help the business stay solvent, the two men decide to try the world’s oldest profession. in a New York full of wealthy older women with active libidos, surely a greying don Juan could make a few bucks. And so, adopting the names Virgil Howard and dan Bongo, the duo gets to work. in the midst of Allen’s remarkable resurgence behind the camera, it’s a thrill to watch him work onscreen with someone else’s material. His wit and his rhythms are in fine form here, and Turturro knows how to use the legend to best effect. (Cameron Bailey)

  • Sharon Stone - Dr. Parker
  • Woody Allen - Murray
  • John Turturro - Fioravante
  • Liev Schreiber - Dovi
  • Sofía Vergara - Selima
  • John Turturro
  • Marco Pontecorvo
  • Skip Lievsay
  • Simona Paggi
  • Abraham Laboriel
  • Bill Maxwell
  • Lester Cohen
  • Donna Zakowska
Antidote Films, QED International

QED International

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