If you sat down at “Fading Gigolo” without knowing anything about it, you’d no doubt think you were watching a new Woody Allen movie. It’s all about love and sex and insecurity and jealousy; there’s jazz spinning through the soundtrack; men and women tend not to understand each other’s motivations; and one of the lead characters is an older, very talkative Jewish fellow from Brooklyn who’s, by the way, played by Woody Allen.
But this was written and directed by, and co-stars John Turturro, who is no doubt a big fan of Allen. No, this is not a Woody rip-off. Turturro manages to get his own creative voice in there, playing a likeable if confused character who just can’t figure out how to play the cards that life has dealt him. © Ed Symkus-Washington Times-Reporter trailer