American Gigolo (1980) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
|For me this movie just doesn't
As a murder mystery, it is slow-paced and
sloppy. For example, I still don't know what happened to
Gere at the end? Did Hutton lie to give him an alibi, or
did she simply tell the truth that she had previously
agreed not to reveal because her husband was a Senator?
When Gere heard the news, he reacted like she had simply
told the truth, but that can't be, because in a previous
scene Gere tested her by saying something like "can
you look at me and be absolutely sure I am
innocent?" That question makes no sense if she was
with him. So I guess she lied, but it sure is convenient
that nobody else can refute her alibi with her real
whereabouts that night, since she wasn't really with
|Also, we know that Gere has been framed
for a murder committed by another gigolo. But there is a
slight problem. We also know that the murder was
accidental - the result of rough sex games - so it wasn't
premeditated and the murderer didn't know it would
happen. But Gere was set up as a patsy two days BEFORE
the murder took place.
was nudity from Michele Drake and Linda Horn
we also see Lauren Hutton's chest since the
exposure is so modest and the pan up to her face
Gere does a frontal
hell did the murderer Gigolo and his lover-pimp know that
Gere would be necessary if they didn't plan to kill
anyone? As I said, I'm still confused.
uninspiring plot makes it a weak mystery, the lack of
flesh also makes it a loser as any kind of a turn-on.
There is almost no nudity in a movie about a Gigolo!
Well, unless you count Gere's usual exposure of his
well-worn pee-pee, which I presume most of you ain't
lookin'for. The only think I really liked in the movie
was Hector Elizondo as a cynical, real, down-to-earth
detective who is more than a bit jealous of Gere's sexual
conquests and lifestyle.
- With their
votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters
score it 5.7, Apollo users 33/100.
- With their
dollars ... it wasn't a smash, hit, but
it took in $21 million domestic on a $13
million budget. It maxed out at just less
than 2000 screens. It was really kind of
an underperformer when you consider the
positive reception from critics and
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this
description, this film is a D-, maybe worse, but
I can't rate it E because IMDb comments indicate
that hard-core Gere lovers will like it.
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