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Re: “John Turturro's Fading Gigolo Is Inexplicably and Irretrievably Terrible

It's not a perfect film, but it's quite good. Your opinions are of course valid, but I just saw the film tonight with an average audience, and we applauded at the end - there is some vagueness as you suggest, but to a reasonably attentive film goer, most of your concerns are answered, albeit subtly, in the screenplay: Murray is amplifying his dermatologist's wishes to forward his own agenda (you missed that?) so, no, she's not searching Craig's List. Avigal is conflicted, but is seeking exactly what she gets, which is what she needs, from "Virgil," who is has set up a massage table before Avigal's arrival, and therefore has communicated with Murray - reasonable clues are given you, but not spoonfed.

Sexpots? That seems sexist; both Sharon Stone and Sofia Vergara were given worthy acting challenges and acquitted themselves admirably; there is a layer of "sexpot" facade to both characters, I suppose; did you miss the vulnerable "first-date" scene with Stone & Turturro, or the intimacy and discomfort between Vergara and Stone?

There's no reason you have to love this movie, but the questions you ask suggest that either you were distracted when you saw it, or you are unfamiliar with the unspoken grammar of human relationships.

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Posted by brad on 04/27/2014 at 3:40 AM

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