When it comes to acting skills, Mirren had to
carry the entire film.
- The young Gigolo is played by Olivier Martinez,
an exquisitely handsome man with minimal skills and no appreciable
hint of a personality. Imagine a young Richard Gere, albeit with
an outrageous accent. On top of that Gallic Gere, overlay a sense that every word is being
pronounced phonetically and with great difficulty. There's
- The role of the old Contessa is played by Anne Bancroft.
Bancroft seems to specialize in playing the old gypsy crone these
days, whether she is supposed to or not. In Dracula, Dead and Loving
It, she actually played a character called "old gypsy woman". In
Malice, she was supposed to be an old drunk or something, but she
still played "old gypsy woman". She played the same
character here as well, using the same basic look and
accent as in the other films. Unfortunately, she was supposed to be
playing an Italian countess. Although Bancroft actually is of
Italian ancestry, she isn't able to muster up anything resembling
an Italian accent. In fact, Bancroft only has one accent, and that is
"vaguely Eastern European, tinted by Mel Brooks". Although Bancroft has actually lived a
privileged life, she seems unable to convey the breeding of a
woman who either is or is pretending to be a countess. Her
personality in this film seems to be that of a burnt-out low-rent scam artist,
and she only needs a crystal ball to make her amateurish
In short, the entire production seems like a local
dinner theater adaptation of the 1961 movie, which really wasn't
that good to begin with. Because the play wasn't actually written by
Williams himself, it doesn't even have his sense of flowery high-style
decadence (or, depending on your point of view, his inevitable
rendering of high period camp with bloated faux-poetic dialogue),
leaving only the basic plot and trappings of one of those romance
novels with Fabio on the cover.
I can't come up with one reason to
see it unless you are a granny. Women over 45 rate it 9.9/10 at
IMDb, and women in general rate it 1.6 points higher than men,
placing it near the very top of the estrogen pyramid. In comparison,
even Beaches only scores 1.3 estrogen points.
Critics Vote ...
- IMDB summary.
IMDb voters score it 6.6/10. (Men 6.3, Women 7.9)
|The meaning of the IMDb
score: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence equivalent to about three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, comparable to approximately two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, equivalent to about a two star rating from the critics,
or a C- from our system.
Films rated below five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film - this score is roughly equivalent to one
and a half stars from the critics or a D on our scale. (Possibly even less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
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. (C+ means it has no crossover appeal, but
will be considered excellent by genre fans, while
C- indicates that it we found it to
be a poor movie although genre addicts find it watchable).
D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre.
means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre.
means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well. Any film rated C- or better is recommended for
fans of that type of film. Any film rated B- or better is
recommended for just about anyone. We don't score films below C-
that often, because we like movies and we think that most of
them have at least a solid niche audience. Now that you know
that, you should have serious reservations about any movie below
Based on this description,
this is a C-.
Enjoyment of this film will require a minimum of one vagina, and
the nearby area should be covered with gray hair. I
guess Tennessee Williams is his own genre, so his fans may not
find this as hilariously overwrought as I did. Based on the IMDb ratings, older female
viewers seemed to like it a lot. Personally, I got a few good laughs over
the bad acting and exaggerated dialogue. Brian Dennehy had the
good sense to die in the first few minutes, and Helen Mirren should
have had enough sense to say "no" altogether to this