As proprietors of Nevada's first legalized brothel, Grace and Charlie Bontempo aren't your typical married couple.But when Charlie's latest mistress Christina takes things too far and everything spirals out of control.
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Rotten: Joe Pesci ended a 12-year retirement from the screen (excepting his brief turn in Robert De Niro's The Good Shepherd) to star in this miserable drama.
- J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, Thursday, July 1, 2010
Rotten: A movie with prostitutes, guns, boxing and Reno is crying out for the film noir treatment. Along with neon signs in the desert, give us some terse dialogue and some fatalism.
- Jake Coyle, Associated Press, Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Fair movie. Joe Pesci brings nothing new to his character. It's as if I were watching another actor imitating Joe Pesci in a thug role. The only reason to watch this is for Helen Mirren. Why she took this part is anyone's guess, but even she didn't make this movie interesting...even though she tried.
- itsjustme2004, Tuesday, October 11, 2011
This film is a fictionalized account of the story of the first legal brothel in Nevada. It had the potential to be an excellent and insightful film. What it turns out to be though, is a half-assed, tired, and bland film that, even though it does have some good scenes and moments, is a really big disappointment and doesn't do justice to a story that deserves it. I mostly place blame on the script. The story is fine, but the film is in dire need of a rewrite. The film decides to not really give a narrative that tells the history of the place, and instead focuses on a few of the characters (in depth) in the context of the ranch. It would be a better film had it been a more balanced account that provides a history of the ranch, as well as great insights into the people who worked there- kinda like Casino or Boogie Nights. In fact, for many reasons I don't even need to explain, this made me think about Casino a lot, and I kinda wished I was watching that instead. Even with the characters who get focused on a lot, they still seems a little thin, and could have been developed a lot mroe and better. There's almost an hour of deleted scenes on the DVD, and while watchjing those, I saw plenty of stuff that could have been kept in the film (with some other stuff taken out). It made me realize that they didn't really have the film planned out fully. EIther that, or they should have just lobbied to go all and make an epic instead of having to pick and choose (and do so sloppily). This film isn't terrible though, even if I am ripping into it. The cast is good, and it is nice to see Joe Pesci come out of retirement. Too bad he, Mirren, Sergio Peris-Mencheta (a guy who does a really great job) and all the others couldn't save it. I'm just disappointed that the film is just all over the place and doesn't do what it could have given the subject matter and particular story. Hackford an okay director, but I don't know what the hell went wrong here, or what he and the rest were thinking. I wasn't bored by this film, but all the crap that's wrong with it makes me feel like I should just split it down the middle and give it an even "Gentleman's C".
- cosmo313, Tuesday, July 26, 2011
While Joe Pesci and Helen Mirren shine in the film, the film itself needed some fixing up. The film needed a rewrite. It felt a little off track at times. It was dealing with too much and they never found the right tone and balance for everything. Helen Mirren is wonderful in her role. It was great seeing Pesci on the screen again. it has been awhile since I last saw him on the big screen (his cameo in The Good Shepard). Pesci and Mirren have a great on screen chemistry. The film kind of reminded me of films like People Vs Larry Flynt and Million Dollar Baby, only those films were much better than this one. Taylor Hackford has done better directing with films like An Officer and A Gentleman and Ray than this film. It would have been interesting to see how Mirren's character and Pesci's character first met and hooked up and later formed the Ranch. However, the film doesn't do that. Overall, the film is worth checking out for Mirren's and Pesci's performances.
- SC007, Wednesday, July 21, 2010