Fading Gigolo stars Woody Allen as Murray, an ex-bookshop owner who embarks on a new career as a 70-year-old pimp, “managing” his cash-strapped friend Fioravante (John Turturro) as a gigolo. The partnership is mutually beneficial, until Fioravante discovers true love.
Woody Allen is a standout, aptly playing the insecure intellectual who’s involved in many funny scenarios and delivers plenty of gags.
The sexually explicit storylines are tastefully scripted and scenes in which Sharon Stone’s character (Dr. Parker) lives out her fantasy of a ménage à trios with Fioravante, are comical and inoffensive.
Credibility is somewhat strained however, as Fioravante, who lacks sex appeal and openly admits “I’m not a beautiful man”, appears to be sexually desirable to all members of the opposite sex. (MM)