September 3, 2014 at 5:21 am #160417
Half of Fading Gigolo is so awful, dreadful and inane (pretty much any scene Woody Allen isn’t in) and half of Fading Gigolo is hysterically funny, wonderful and contains an Oscar-worthy comedy performance (every scene that Woody Allen is in). He plays a character named “Murray Schwartz” but it’s really the familiar “Woody” character from his early career and it’s great to see him again! Loved that his partner is a black woman (Tonya Pinkins) and he is taking care of black children. Loved the “trial” scene. Loved his impeccable comedic timing – did he write some of his own dialogue, because his scenes are so superior to the rest of the movie?
I don’t expect many of you to agree but Woody is amazing in this movie! I would make a suggestion to those of you who haven’t seen it: fast forward all the John Turturro (who also directed it) scenes without Woody in them. Woody IS the whole reason to see this movie!
I wonder if Woody will be in the lead category for the Golden Globes? His role takes up 50% of the film’s running time so they might have him compete with Ralph Fiennes, etc. But I see his role as a supporting one to John Turturro.September 3, 2014 at 5:30 am #160419
I’m planning to watch this. I’ll be back if I did! 🙂September 3, 2014 at 6:06 am #160420
I want to see it. I like Woody acting wiseSeptember 3, 2014 at 7:36 am #160421
I remember seeing the trailer for it and thinking to myself, Woody Allen looks hysterical in this. It would be something to see him get an Oscar nod for Best Supporting Actor.September 3, 2014 at 8:13 am #160422
I saw Fading Gigolo back in May, and thoroughly enjoyed the whole film.
Certainly, though, Woody Allen’s scenes were the absolute best and he was absolutely hysterical. Unfortunately, I don’t see him reaping any nominations for this movie, it was released too early and was far too under the radar.
Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.September 3, 2014 at 9:00 am #160423
I have a question about this movie: Did he write it?September 3, 2014 at 9:17 am #160424
No Turturro wrote it and Allen did some revising uncreditedSeptember 3, 2014 at 9:56 am #160426
I believe the film was finished in 2013 and premiered at film festivals, but didn’t receive United States limited distribution until Spring 2014.
Even though Turturro wrote and directed, it certainly felt like a Woody Allen film!
Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.October 6, 2014 at 12:50 pm #160427
As I promised to you, I watched the movie.
I think it’s incredibly dull. The plot made no sense. The scenes were mostly absurd and some of the A-List actors and actresses (Sharon Stone for example) were wasted here.
Woody Allen is NOT Oscar-worthy at all. He’s acting with the same face expressions, hands movements, technique all through the film, which is incredibly boring after ten minutes. There is no way he’s making the cut for this one-note, mediocore performance.
I enjoyed Sofia Vergara’s surprisingly good cameo and Vanessa Paradis’ great supporting performance the most, but not even these actresses deserves Oscar consideration.
There are some great one-liners, jokes and the Original Score is spot on, but the movie itself is just not good.
1.5 stars out of 5 stars.
For Your Consideration – Oscars:
Best Original ScoreOctober 21, 2014 at 9:51 pm #160428
Just watched this today, my review:
For the most part I enjoyed this. It’s an odd story and probably would have been more believable if Turturro casted someone a little more gigolo-esque because he really doesn’t fit the bill. Say what you want about Woody Allen but I have always found him as a much better and funnier actor than writer and he really was great in this and it makes you want to see more from him (let’s leave personal feelings out of this when discussing Allen’s talent). I would have rather seen a movie about his character honestly, he brought life to this movie every time it started to fizzle especially after this odd romance between Turturro and a younger woman, and don’t get me wrong, Turturro is fine performance wise as usual but he just did not fit this character. Sharon Stone and Sofia Vergara are great too and I thought Liev Schriber had a weird part that could have used more writing to it. Speaking of the writing, it is pretty good especially the scenes with Allen. This is very Woody Allen-esque in tone and film style and makes you wonder if Allen ended up directing it instead. Tonya Pickens and Bob Balaban also were great in this. The music was great, once again sounding very Woody Allenish. It’s not a movie for everyone but when it works, it works.October 23, 2014 at 11:44 am #160429
I saw this back in the spring and was surprised by how much I liked it, though the Woody Allen scenes were among the least compelling to me. They’re not bad, per se, but they just felt like Woody Allen doing his usual Woody Allen persona, with nothing more of interest than that.
I was surprised by how convinced I was by John Turturro in the gigolo role; he had a charisma that made me believe his character’s success. What really knocked me out, though, was Vanessa Paradis‘s performance as a lonely, repressed widow seeking intimacy but restrained by her Hasidic faith. She’ll never get it, but I think she deserves Best Supporting Actress consideration (I’ve seen a few of the contenders in that race so far, and no one has impressed me as much as she has).