Rich cast, impoverished conception. John Turturro, Woody Allen, Liev Schreiber, Vanessa Paradis, Sharon Stone, and Sofia Vergara interact unbelievably in Turturro’s light-comic drama about a florist (Turturro, who also wrote and directed) who is persuaded by his pimpish friend (Allen) to hire himself out as a male prostitute for women. What do you know – they’re all beautiful, especially an enigmatic Orthodox Jewish woman (Paradis) being shadowed by neighborhood security man Schreiber. The dialogue sounds stilted and the scenario reads like a parody of middle-aged male fantasy. Aside from that, there’s a certain kind of perverse pleasure in watching good actors stuck in a hopeless situation. One for Turturro to forget about (90 min.).
Director: John Turturro
Producer: Bill Block, Paul Hanson, Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte, James Debbs, Scott Ferguson, Sasha Shapiro, Bart Walker and Anton Lessine
Cast: John Turturro, Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Sofía Vergara, Vanessa Paradis, Liev Schreiber, Bob Balaban and Eugenia Kuzmina