The oldest profession just got older in writer-director John Turturro's frisky new comedy that turns Woody Allen into a pimp and the "Miller's Crossing" star into the most unlikely of hustlers.
"Fading Gigolo" tells the tale of Murray (Allen), a New York bookshop owner whose beautiful dermatologist (Sharon Stone) tells him that she and her girlfriend (Sofia Vergara) are looking to indulge in a threesome. Murray sees quite the financial opportunity in this and approaches his florist friend Fioravante (Turturro) to be the man who makes their wish come true.
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This endeavor leads to a middle-aged sexual adventure that's both touching and absurd, as Fioravante is first "tested" individually by the two ladies whilst Murray looks to expand his male ho's clientele (via "word of mouth") — most notably with Avigal (Vanessa Paradis, Johnny Depp's ex-partner), the widow of a Chasidic Rabbi looking to finally expand her horizons.
The trailer makes it seem like Turturro was certainly inspired by the works of his co-star, as "Fading Gigolo" looks to be a just slightly-edgier spin on a Woody Allen character comedy. Despite the risque premise, the film also looks to have a heart of gold as our hero learns about life and love — a bit late in the game — as he "brings magic to the lonely."
Not a bad way to spend those "Transformers" paychecks, eh?
"Fading Gigolo" marks John Turturro's fifth feature directing gig, following "Mac" (1992), a working-class family drama; "Illuminta" (1998), a period piece/love letter to "theatre people"; "Romance & Cigarettes" (2005), an underrated all-star musical about an unfaithful husband (the late, great James Gandolfini); and "Passione" (2010), a look at the musical history of Naples, Italy.
"Fading Gigolo" will makes its world premiere next month at the Toronto International Film Festival.