FADING GIGOLO - Woody Allen, John Turturro
You wouldn’t think that a comedy about a Brooklyn florist who becomes a professional gigolo could possibly be dull, especially one that holds out the prospect of a threesome involving Sharon Stone and Sofia Vergara, but Fading Gigolo, a curious misfire from writer-director-star John Turturro, comes close.

The problem isn’t the far-fetched nature of the story, which finds Turturro’s unassuming, middle-aged Fioravante being pimped out as an unlikely escort by his bookstore owner friend Murray (Woody Allen) – who has hit upon this strange enterprise after his wealthy dermatologist (Stone) confesses her hankering for that ménage-a-trois.

And it doesn’t particularly matter that Fioravante’s clients are unfeasibly gorgeous. What turns this spicy setup into something disappointingly bland is Turturro’s lack of spark as a leading man. Indeed, his character remains largely passive throughout, even when he develops tender feelings for a rabbi’s lonely widow (Vanessa Paradis), and it’s left to Allen to provide the film’s comic zest with some zingy one-liners.

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Certificate 15. Runtime 90 mins. Director John Turturro.

Released on Blu-ray & DVD by Curzon Film World on Monday 29th September. 

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