Fading gigolo is a short, snappy comedy amusingly told.
Woody Allen has to shut down his store selling old and rare books. His friend of many years with an appropriately stylish name like Fiorovante barely makes ends meet working in a flower shop. The book owner’ s dermatologist mentions in a casual conversation that she and her lesbian partner are looking to have a threesome and that gives him the idea of turning Fiorovante into a gigolo. He decides to call their little enterprise Virgil and Bongo. Fiorovante is reluctant but then gets into it seriously and they both make quite a bit of money till he falls in love with an orthodox Jewish widow who Bongo decides will make a good customer.
Woody Allen is his usual bumbly self. John Turturro who also directs the movie plays the reluctant gigolo very, very seriuosly. No swagger, no throw away lines, just a deadly earnestness and sincerity about the job at hand. This makes the whole thing funnier. Sharon Stone and Sophia Vergera as the lesbian couple totally enjoy playing femme fatales in sharp contrast to Vanessa Paradis’ innocent Jewish woman.
There are quite a few quiet laughs that keep this comedy light and frothy. A great watch just after dinner to wind down the weekend.view less