The pimp/gigolo shtick is really just that, a shtick to lure viewers into what is actually, at its heart, a sensitive drama. The cast is great, and Woody is better in this than in his own (recent) films. And this isn't really a comedy, its a quirky thing about love, but not really a love story either. Straight to internet, no theatrical release, but Turturro deserves more credit for this, it has charm.
Sensitive Jewish subplot seems at odds with main theme of male prostitution; nonetheless, film is well acted, beautifully shot, charming & bittersweet. Allen & Turturro have a great rapport together and if the film occasionally feels like the pilot to an unaired TV series, it's no bad thing; these are characters with room to grow. On a side note, Allen should go back to appearing in his own movies; he's still got it.
Turturro has crafted his best film since his debut 'Mac' by scaling back to a much more intimate and somewhat comedic story here. The script is quite good but its the casting that puts this above the average. Allen and Turturro are great together but its Vanessa Paradis showing the range here with sexy fun turns by Sharon Stone and Sofia Vergara as well. The side step into secular court is a little silly though.
Humane and oddly beguiling despite the most unlikely of material (both the central conceit and some of the situational realities of his 'clients'), this a warmly crafted film avoiding potential vulgarity and crassness. In his few films as director, Turturro has shown a good, understated eye for the human condition and the smaller moments in life opening up to something bigger.
Some people might call this a tribute to Woody. Wrong! it is a pathetic imitation of Woody with no style or subtlety. The concept of the least charismatic actor in film history as a gigolo is farcical -the only remotely funny thing in the film, in fact- and is his own pathetic fantasy and misplaced "modesty".