Director: John Turturro
Starring: John Turturro, Woody Allen
Woody Allen returns to the big screen in Fading Gigolo, a comedy about a 70 something year old man named Murray who becomes a gigolo when his 'rare books for rare people' bookshop collapses. He introduces his friend Fiorvante (John Turturro) into the game and the partnership becomes financially rewarding for them both until Fiovante falls in love and wants out.
Allen is perfectly cast in the leading role as the awkward intellectual and brings much humour into the character. Turturro works well with Allen, but credibility is stretched to the limit as it's impossible to comprehend how such an average man could have an empowering sexual entrancement on women.
Sharon Stone co-stars as a doctor married to a rich man who wants to fulfill her fantasy of having a m�nage a trios with Fiorvante. This storyline is the catalyst to many funny scenarios which unfold, delivered with just the right balance of comedy and eroticism.
Despite its subject matter, Fading Gigolo is never offensive or inappropriate. It's hard to find anything provocative about this film, as Allen's comical presence nullifies the feeling of anything untoward. JAKE