SPREAD

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Release Date: August 14, 2009

Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Anne Heche,
Margarita Levieva, Sebastian
Stan, and Rachel Blanchard

Genre: Drama

Audience: Adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 97 minutes

Distributor: Anchor Bay Films/Starz

Director: David Mackenzie

Executive Producer: Myles Nestel, Anthony Callie,
Aaron Kaufman, Ron Hartenbaum,
Douglas Kuber, Paul Kolsby,
and John Limotte

Producer: Ashton Kutcher, Jason Goldberg
and Peter Morgan

Writer: Jason Hall

Address Comments To:

Robert Clasen, Chairman/CEO, Starz LLC
(Starz Entertainment, Overture Films, Anchor Bay Films)
8900 Liberty Circle
Englewood, CO 80112
Phone: (720) 852-7700
Fax: (720) 852-8555
Website: www.starz.com

Content:

(PaPaPa, C, B, LLL, V, SSS, NNN, AA, D, MMM) Very strong mixed pagan worldview that wallows in sexual promiscuity, then finds some redemption and virtuous transformation in the third act; 56 mostly strong obscenities (many “f” words), one strong profanity, two light profanities, obscene gesture, and girl vomits; light violence includes some slapping; very strong sexual content includes many explicit scenes of fornication and oral sex; many shots of upper and rear female nudity (including man puts hands on women’s naked groin areas), plus upper and rear male nudity; alcohol use and drunkenness; smoking; and, lying, cheating, picking up rich women and being a gigolo, greed, taking advantage of people, but mostly implicitly rebuked at the end.

Summary:

SPREAD stars Ashton Kutcher as Nikki, a male gigolo in Los Angeles who must decide between his life as a gigolo or falling in love with a female gigolo he meets at a diner. SPREAD has a positive ending in that Nikki renounces his life as a gigolo, but the rest of the movie is filled with almost constant explicit sex, nudity and very strong foul language.

Review:

SPREAD stars Ashton Kutcher in an explicit independent movie about a male gigolo in Los Angeles who finally figures out that his life has been empty.

The movie is narrated by Nikki, a male gigolo in L.A. with no place to live. Instead, he hooks up with rich unmarried young women and seduces them into letting him stay at their home for long periods of time.

The movie opens with Nikki picking up a rich blonde lawyer, Samantha, played by Anne Heche. Using his seductive wiles, including lots of sex, Nikki becomes Samantha’s boy toy. The first weekend she is away, however, Nikki holds a party at her house and hooks up with a young woman.

One day, Nikki becomes attracted to Heather, a waitress at a diner he is visiting (played by Margarita Levieva). As hard as he tries, Nikki cannot get her phone number. Eventually, he convinces her to come to Samantha’s place while Samantha is away, but the next morning, he discovers that Heather is like him – a prostitute who does sexual favors for rich people, in her case, men. Nikki angrily kicks her out, but he can’t get the woman out of his mind.

Ultimately, Nikki decides he’s had enough of Samantha. He tries to pick up another prospect, but he can’t find one. Now, out on the street, Nikki tries to pick up an older woman at a hotel to get a sandwich. Heather sees Nikki’s desperate need for food and shelter and lets him stay at her place.

Slowly, however, the two begin to actually fall in love. The problem is, Heather’s rich ex-fiancé back in New York may want her back. Will Nikki be able to keep her?

SPREAD has a positive ending, in that Nikki eventually decides that being a gigolo is not really a good thing. In fact, in turning his life around, he even accepts a low-paying job. Despite this reversal in the third act, the rest of the movie is filled with explicit sex, nudity and very strong foul language. Thus, while the ending deserves kudos, the rest of the movie does not. The explicit sex, nudity and foul language will turn off most of the viewers who might respond well to the movie’s positive ending. Without the positive ending, SPREAD would be totally abhorrent. As it is, it is still unacceptable.

This topic has been done much better – and much cleaner – by the 1966 movie ALFIE, starring Michael Caine. Incidentally, ALFIE also has one of the strongest anti-abortion messages you will ever find in a mainstream movie.

In Brief:

SPREAD stars Ashton Kutcher as Nikki, a male gigolo in Los Angeles who hooks up with Samantha, a rich lawyer played by Anne Heche. The movie explicitly shows the sexcapades Nikki has with Samantha and several other women. Unexpectedly, Nikki falls in love with a female gigolo, named Heather, played by Margaritas Levieva. He leaves Samantha for Heather, but Heather’s ex-fiancé in New York may want her back. Now that Nikki’s ready for true commitment, will he be able to keep Heather interested enough to marry him?

SPREAD has a positive ending, in that Nikki realizes that being a gigolo is not really a good thing. In fact, he actually gets a low-paying job. Despite this reversal in the third act, the rest of the movie is filled with explicit sex, nudity and very strong foul language. Thus, while the ending deserves kudos, the rest of the movie definitely does not. The explicit sex, nudity and graphic foul language will turn off most of the viewers who might respond well to the movie’s positive ending. Without the positive ending, SPREAD would be totally abhorrent. Even so, it is still unacceptable.