Screen Junkies » richard gere http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Sat, 13 Dec 2014 01:22:56 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 The Film Cult Presents: American Gigolo http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/the-film-cult-presents-american-gigolo/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/the-film-cult-presents-american-gigolo/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:56:10 +0000 Philip Harris http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264389 The Film Cult Presents: American Gigolo, the 1980 film about sex and fashion that became a cult classic for its eighties aesthetic.

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After a few weeks of overly personal, emotional Film Cult columns, I thought I’d write on just a plain old campy mess of a movie called American Gigolo. Many of the movies I write about aren’t particularly well made but have some sort of lasting resonance with a small, but devoted fan base. Well, American Gigolo is a poorly made movie that I’m not sure has any devoted fan base beyond those of us who love eighties fashion and over-the-top kitsch.

Not unlike other classic cult films, say Showgirls for instance, the film makers made American Gigolo in complete earnest. Paul Schrader wrote and directed the film and really thought it was going to be a provocative gem. You may know Schrader from his work as writer (and co-writer) of such greats as Taxi Driver and Raging Bull. American Gigolo is not among his most well made films, but it’s certainly my ironic favorite.

Let me set the scene for you. It’s early 1980 in the City of Angels. Pastels rule landscape, and money flows down Rodeo Drive like cheap rosé. Women aren’t as powerful as they will be in the following decades and therefore are forced to stay home while their power-broker husbands work in wood-paneled offices in Century City. What’s a lonely and rich woman-of-a-certain age supposed to do with her days? Macrame? That was for their mothers. Soap Operas, sure, but all those commercials for wheel chairs and panty liners. Nope, in the land of palm trees and wide streets, a wealthy older woman with nothing but time on her hands wants one thing: to fuck a hot younger guy for money. The king of those male hustlers? Julian Kaye, portrayed by the baby-faced (but man-bodied) Richard Gere.

Julian is a man of distinguished taste and many languages. He owns a black Mercedes convertible, snorts only the best cocaine, and is exclusively bedecked by Giorgio Armani. He runs a fast life, zooming up PCH or out to Palm Springs for whatever adventures his clients have planned for him. But, is his life too fast? He encounters “rough tricks”,  run-ins with drug dealers. Is he dancing to close to the edge?

The short answer is yes, he is. There’s danger everywhere he turns, from drugs to his gay pimp, with whom he’s always slightly flirting but also slightly afraid of. Of course, back in 1980, the gay community was something to be afraid of–men in leather, making out in dark clubs with chains and loud music. But the true danger Julian encounters is not the gay men whom he’s always seemingly just about to join. The real danger is Michelle Stratton, played by the eternal Lauren Hutton, with whom he’s in danger of falling in love. There’s not much to say about the plot as there isn’t really a plot. There’s a murder, some running, and some rock-bottom moments, and then of course, Michelle vouches for Julian and they finally allow themselves to be together. One doesn’t watch American Gigolo for the plot. That is, of course, if one’s getting drunk with their friends and wants a good laugh for the night. No, one watches American Gigolo for the aesthetic.

Not unlike Grey Gardens, American Gigolo is one of those cult classics that really only has a life because it so perfectly captures a specific moment in fashion. In Grey Gardens it’s the quirky, DYI fashions of Little Edie, while in American Gigolo, it’s the ultra-glam Beverly Hills set of 1980s Los Angeles. Mr. Schrader really doused American Gigolo with syrup in this respect. I know many a designer who has been influenced by this film, many men and women who cite American Gigolo as their style muse for evening looks and seasonal fashion lines.

Having Richard Gere and Lauren Hutton wear all of these fabulous clothes doesn’t hurt. Lauren Hutton was (and is) a model for all time, a beauty discovered by legendary fashion editor Diana Vreeland and heralded for not fixing the gap in her teeth. She is known for her philanthropy and activism, often spending months in Africa helping those less fortunate. All of that is ignored in this film however, since Mr. Schrader has essentially turned her into a mannequin. If she were a great actress, this would be different. Alas, she’s not. She’s beautiful, knows how to carry a woven red leather clutch, and is just vulnerable enough to believe she can crack Richard Gere’s muscled shell. And let me tell you, that’s enough reason to watch the movie.

Gere and Hutton dance around each other, surrounded by a world of shoulder pads, jersey dresses, and chunky jewelry. Their chemistry is real, which I can only imagine is another reason the movie was made. Re-watching it this week, I like to believe that if the movie were remade, Julian would be played by James Franco. Both are hams, and both are hot enough to pull off the whole vaguely gay hustler thing the character demands. Who would play Michelle? Hard to say. I think Idina Menzel would be great in the part. Maybe make it a musical and really gay it up.

God bless Paul Schrader. He had no idea he was making a mess, and he didn’t learn his lesson, seeing how he was also the director of The Canyonswhich was so awful it’s now masterpiece in debacle. That said, thank god Paul Scrader made American Gigolo. It’s the perfect post card for the fashion, decadence, and insanity of early eighties Southern California.

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6 Actors (And Jim Carrey) Who Played Sleazy Lawyers To Perfection http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/6-actors-and-jim-carrey-that-played-sleazy-lawyers-to-perfection/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/6-actors-and-jim-carrey-that-played-sleazy-lawyers-to-perfection/#comments Tue, 22 Nov 2011 17:00:42 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=234418 I would disbar them all if I had some political power and wasn't just a guy that writes about movies.

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For years, lawyers have have been getting a bad wrap in the entertainment industry. Despite the fact that they are often shown as heroes of legal dramas, the bulk are displayed as world-weary, unscrupulous jerks who will sell out their moms for a dime.

Is that portrayal accurate? Probably not, but I’ll let a lawyer or someone who is affected by the stereotype disprove it. It’s more fun to take the most egregious examples of the sleazy lawyer stereotype and wonder if the guys who do our day to day legal work are really as depraved as some of the entrants on this list.

Mickey Rourke – The Rainmaker

There’s a decent chance when Mickey Rourke is cast in a role, he’s going to play someone sleazy. After all, the guy seems really sleazy. Although he doesn’t get much time to feast on this role in the nadir of his career, he was able to get his punches in when he could, utilizing brash suits, a shark tank, and just a general Mickey Rourke-ness. This isn’t a guy who chose his profession because he loves the law. The fact that his firm is taking on a giant insurance company is more a testament to his protégé’s (Matt Damon) integrity than anything he had to do with the case.

Sean Penn – Carlito’s Way

Davey Kleinfeld is the alpha and omega of sleazy lawyers. He runs the gamut on sleazy behavior, from stealing from the mob to wearing a wire on his best friend, to doing lots and lots and lots of cocaine to banging other guys’ girlfriends in loud Miami clubs.

He’s a weasel in every sense, though it’s largely forgivable due to his allegiance to Carlito. However, when that disappears, the audience can’t see misfortune fall on Penn’s character fast enough. And they get what they hope for.

Never trust a man that has both an afro and an ascot. They mean diametrically opposing things.

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Richard Gere Update: ‘The Double’ Gets Distribution Deal http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/richard-gere-update-the-double-gets-distribution-deal/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/richard-gere-update-the-double-gets-distribution-deal/#comments Sat, 07 May 2011 22:14:11 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=211077 Good news for fans of the decent actor.

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I’ve been getting hundreds of emails a day, all with the same basic message: “More Richard Gere news!” With that in mind, here’s the latest on the Richard Gere drama The Double, the debut feature from Michael Brandt: It’s been picked up by Image Entertainment, in advance of its premiere at Cannes. Here’s a plot synopsis, in case the involvement of Richard Gere isn’t enough:

“A retired CIA operative is paired with a young FBI agent to figure out who killed a senator. The clues indicate that he might have been a victim of a Soviet assassin.”

The Double also stars Topher Grace and Martin Sheen, neither of which are Richard Gere. So keep your eyes peeled, Gere fans! The Double will come to a theater near you, maybe. (Deadline)

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Tim Roth To Act Serious In Serious Movie http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tim-roth-to-act-serious-in-serious-movie/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tim-roth-to-act-serious-in-serious-movie/#comments Thu, 07 Apr 2011 16:14:05 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=205862 Tim Roth is a decent actor.

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Actor Tim Roth is one of the best there is at looking serious in both independent film and mainstream Hollywood product. And now he has the perfect opportunity to look serious on a new project, with Nicholas Jarecki’s drama Arbitrage along with fellow serious-face Richard Gere. Here’s a serious plot synopsis:

“Jarecki’s script focuses on a troubled hedge fund magnate, so desperate to sell his trading empire that when he makes a mistake he turns to an unlikely person for help and that leads him down a dangerous trail.”

That sounds pretty good (seriously), and the addition of Tim Roth is always a welcome improvement. And as everyone knows, Richard Gere is a decent actor. Hopefully the rest of the movie will live up to his decent standards. (Deadline)

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Decent Actor Richard Gere Close To Joining ‘Arbitrage’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/decent-actor-richard-gere-close-to-joining-arbitrage/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/decent-actor-richard-gere-close-to-joining-arbitrage/#comments Mon, 07 Feb 2011 21:05:19 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=25277 Here's some news that big pink dog will enjoy. Richard Gere is getting back in the game.

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Richard Gere is close to signing on to the Nicholas Jarecki-directed drama Arbitrage.  An earlier press release reported that Al Pacino had signed on to the lead as a shady hedge fund manager trying to sell off his empire before its collapse. Whether Gere is taking over that role or appearing in a supporting capacity isn’t known at this time. But if Nicholas Jarecki saw Son Of No One, that would explain Pacino’s dismissal.

Either way, this could prove to be Gere’s toughest role to date as he might have to share the screen with Drake. It takes a fine actor to counteract Drake‘s bland appeal. And as the pink dog sporting sunglasses in the inset photo has illustrated, Gere is merely a decent actor. (Deadline)

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Gere’s Getting the Word Out http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-photos/geres-getting-the-word-out/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-photos/geres-getting-the-word-out/#comments Wed, 12 Jan 2011 17:15:13 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=15990 One backwoods road at a time.

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One backwoods road at a time.

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‘Brooklyn’s Finest’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/brooklyns-finest-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/brooklyns-finest-trailer/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 With so much crime in the city, how do I teach these keeeeeeedz?! It appears Antoine Fuqua liked his breakout film Training Day so much that he decided to remake it as an ensemble drama and change the title to Brooklyn's Finest. Ethan Hawke plays the same character he did in Training Day, except now he's got more kids to provide for, and Richard Gere is an older, whiter version of Denzel Washington's Alonzo. Along with Hawke and Gere, the film stars Wesley Snipes in corn rows, Don Cheadle donning several different hats, and Will Patton, who's always awesome. Their character's stories interweave in a plot that's not unlike Crash's, but with more corrupt cops or something. Even though it's doubtful, maybe this film will steal an Oscar too.

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With so much crime in the city, how do I teach these keeeeeeedz?! It appears Antoine Fuqua liked his breakout film Training Day so much that he decided to remake it as an ensemble drama and change the title to Brooklyn’s Finest. Ethan Hawke plays the same character he did in Training Day, except now he’s got more kids to provide for, and Richard Gere is an older, whiter version of Denzel Washington’s Alonzo.

Along with Hawke and Gere, the film stars Wesley Snipes in corn rows, Don Cheadle donning several different hats, and Will Patton, who’s always awesome. Their character’s stories interweave in a plot that’s not unlike Crash’s, but with more corrupt cops or something. Even though it’s doubtful, maybe this film will steal an Oscar too.

(via FilmDrunk)

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