In Los Angeles, Nikki is homeless, car-less and closing in on 30, but hes amoral, good-looking, and adept in the sack, moving from one wealthy woman of 35 or 40 to another, a kept boy-toy. His newest gig, with Samantha, an attorney whose house overlooks L.A., is sweet, although its unclear how long shell put up with him. Then Nikki meets Heather, a waitress. Is the player being played, or might this be love? What will Nikki discover?
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Its formulaic, unconvincing story adds little to the conversation about slack ambition, mutual exploitation and evolving social mores.
Spread is as fluffy as you can get, while you wonder how anyone could fall for someone like Nikki who dresses like a cross between Julian Clary and a far-right thug. Ghastly.
Spread devolves into your predictable, well-worn morality tale, and while there are beautiful people and emotional quandries aplenty, what we're really left with is a turgid but flashy romcom.
Ashton Kutcher really suprised me. It does great in the serious role and sells the part. The movie has a great cast and story line. It could have been a crude movie but it was tasteful and had meaning. I highly recommend this movie.
This review is from: Spread (DVD) Ashton makes this movie what it is. Although there is some romanticism there is also sketchy acting with the girl he falls in love with.
The promising beginning deteriorates into a baffling shambles, with each character changing their entire personality at least once.
For years I have depended on the ratings of IMDb to be pretty close tohow I would rate a movie. This is the first time I was totallysurprised to see a movie rated over 5 when I would give it less than a1 if it was possible. I was expecting with Ashton in this movie, itwould be fun, but it simply wasn't. This movie is like a very bad softporn movie. If you want porn, at least find one that is honest enoughto call it one. The reason I call it porn is not because there is anygreat sex scenes, because there are none, but because it had absolutelyno story line. I mean,NONE. It was horrible. The acting was sub par,the comedy (as it is rated) does not exist. Don't waist your time onthis one. Feel free to comment if you think I am totally off base.
This review is from: Spread [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray) The blu-ray version is crystal clear. No real extras with blu-ray version though. Thought the movie was a great update from Richard Gere's classic American Gigalow for a new generation. Diffinately a must have for Ashton fans.
...worth a look primarily for Kutcher's magnetic central performance...
Honestly, even with all the bad reviews I knew full well what I wasgetting into but I didn't care because this film looked at least mildlydistinct with a few familiar faces. Yes, its a bad film, very little onthe side of character development and you do find yourself near the endwondering if you even care about these characters.Here's the premise, Kutcher plays Nikki a dude who is homeless andlazy, so he scouts out slightly older rich women to seduce and thenmooch off of. Eventually he meets a woman he actually likes (i guess,its hard to tell what is sincerity in this film) which causes problems.Heres the main issue, Nikki is essentially a jerk with no ambitions,his voice over narration tries to give a sense of direction to thisfilm but that fails. The main girl he falls for isn't a knockout inlooks or personality, I mean shes decent but there's not much there.I cant complain much though, because I rented this DVD just wanting tohave something nice to look at. It did sort of deliver this, but theattempt by this film to try to be significant ruined much of theentertainment, just admit you aren't a good movie and get on with it.
I really enjoyed the movie despite the fact that it was advertised as"romantic comedy" with the title translated to Russian as "Babnik"(Womanizer). Yes, there are so much sex and "glamour" in the beginning;nevertheless, the real story begins afterwards Â the one that is worthto see, and that is NOT a romantic comedy. The story of the closeddoors. The story of selling the expensive staff for nothing. The storyof the beginning and the end of love. "You are a dreamer, and it isscaring me", says the girl to Nicky, and this is so true. Nicky is theman without a plan, without friends, he survives because of theattractive appearance, that will not remain over time. That's why"Spread" is the real drama of dreamer's collision with the reality thathe tried to ignore so far.The ending is not about happiness or tragedy Â it's about bitterness,shame and folded 5-dollar note in the handÂ And Nicky will return tothe house where he used to enjoy the life, but in the different rolenow, proving that the history is always repeating itself.8 out of 10
A witless homage to Shampoo and American Gigolo that's brain-dead on arrival.
I was surprised at how much I liked this movie. I don't know how itended up in my netflix list but it arrived without me knowing muchabout it. When I read the synopsis I thought, oh no a brainless comedyshowcasing Hollywood's plastic pretty people. And it starts off thatway. But it evolves into a character study about a male hustler who istransformed by love. Okay, not exactly an original plot but AshtonKutcher gives a very surprising and touching performance. He is gliband unlikable in the beginning, as the character should be, but heeventually displays some sensitivity and talent. I'm glad he made thismovie. I've always viewed him as just another show biz pretty boy---butnow I see that there is substance there if he stops playing the sameshallow cutup in movies and commercials he may actually give a greatishperformance someday. The movie as a whole is slow paced--but it doesdraw you in. At least, it did me. It's a good flick for people whoconcentrate more on plot and the characters than the fast editing andspecial effects extravaganzas that Hollywood currently serves up.
This was a good film which could have been a great one if it had just been intellectually deeper. As the narrator and main character, Nikki (Ashton Kutcher) points out, there are thousands of people who arrive in Hollywood every day looking for the elusive "rock star-treatment lifestyle." Nikki choses to pursue his dream by using rich (albeit still attractive) women who will support him in exchange for a willing sexual partner (and perhaps the chance to feel young again).While the film does a good job of showing how someone like Nikki could snare women who have their own dreams of caring for (and dominating) a young player, nothing explains the restlessness and the irrational decisions that Nikki makes once he has clearly snared the blue-blood attorney played beautifully by Anne Heche. Does he feel trapped in the relationship? Does he resent his benefactor? Is he simply easily bored? Does he miss the "comfort of being sad" as Kurt Cobain so elegantly once put it? The viewer is left to wonder ...with absolutely no clues because of holes in the script.Thus, the film becomes both a cautionary tale with no discernible message and, for that reason, somewhat unsatisfying film despite being very interesting to watch.
I was hesitant at first to watch this movie. First it was the name,spread. I assumed it was going to be about fashion models and magazinesor something lame like that. Second Ashton Kutcher is in it, not aselling point for me. But I was actually surprised with this movie.Ashton isn't his normal character in this film. To me it seems like heis going for a Hayden Christensen sorta thing. Most of the othercharacters in this film are bleak to say the most. They just kinda comeand go with out any attachment, well from the viewers perspective atleast. Anne Heche is super hot in this movie. I could never really feelfor her though in this movie. I guess it was just the way she reactedto the situations at hand. I did love the pothead roommate though! Itwas hilarious hearing her cough in the distance. And the fact that shenever came out of her room, I can relate with that. Well I liked thismovie and it actually got better throughout the movie. Check it out ifyou have an hour and a half to kill.
I thought this movie to be a comedy, as it was labeled such, so I wassort of waiting for a movie to make me laugh. The movie "Spread",however, is not really a comedy, more like a drama. But it wasn't a badmovie at all.The story was nice, and it was a story that you easily could getyourself into and follow it. The story was going forward at a briskpace and you wanted to see where the story would take you. I like theaspects of human behavior and how we treat other people and how it wasportrayed in the movie. The director managed to hit that one straighton the head.The cast in the movie was good. Ashton Kutcher did a good work as thelead role of Nikki. He has that boyish charm to him, and that workedwell in this particular movie. But, the one carrying the movie would beAnne Heche in the role of Samantha. She did a phenomenal job in thatrole. I am not usually a big fan of her, but in this movie she wasbrilliant. And the chemistry between her and Nikki was really wellacted out in a believable and good manner. And Margarita Levieva,playing Heather, was also quite good, and this is the first time I haveseen any of her work.Now, what didn't really go well with me was all the sex scenes. Well, Iknow it was important for the movie, but I just found it a bit toomuch. There was too much focus on those scenes, and I found it a tadover the top. But hey, I wonder if the movie would have been the samehad they left them out. So just a little heads up for those haven't'seen the movie yet, there is a lot of adult situations in the movie.The movie did get around a couple of interesting questions along theway. And a movie that leaves stuff for afterthought is one of thebetter kind of movies, entertainment and debatable at the same time.However, for me, this movie is not the type of movie that has enoughvalue for a second viewing. It is watched once, then bagged and tagged.
For this kind of film to work it's necessary to like or at least feel sympathy for the characters.
This review is from: Spread [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray) This movie is basically 50% nude girls and Ashton Kutcher screwing and 50% a story. its definitely a movie both you and your girlfriend/wife can watch and get enjoyment out of lol.
We have seen variations of the Ashton Kutcher's type in better films (Schrader's American Gigolo with Richard Gere), and as scripted and helmed, this predictable morality tale is shallow, tepid, and fake.
I enter the film without too higher expectations. I though it would notbe worth my while. Yet it became clear quickly the acting andattraction of the film was a lot better that I had originalanticipated. I am proud to say that by the end I was truly impressedand moved; particularly by the ending and Ashton Kutcher acting asNikki. Spread is a film with a story not dissimilar to other eroticthrillers. The character of Nikki is not unlike the character of DanielDay-Lewis in The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Yet in spite of thefilm seeming simplicity, Spread has a lot more to offer than at firstglance. Nikki, (Ashton Kutcher) is a character who is very dependant onother people. He almost feed of the women he meets as if he is aparasite. Although from an external point of view Nikki is a heartlesscreature, through out the film one is pulled into him whether willingor not.The other actors in the film give a strong a convincing part as theyhelp or hinder Nikki through his life. Although the acting is by nomeans bad, Kutcher does slightly push the others into a shadow. Hisperformance is a superb one. He does not use a lot of drastic movementsor shouting to move is characters emotions. Indeed it is the stillnessand quietness of Kutcher which gives Nikki his edge. Kutcher strengthis in his voice. He has a very sexy and convincing voice, but that isnot all that he uses it for. The happiness, lust, greed, love, sadnessand despair which Nikki feels are conveyed wonderfully through Kutchervoice. The film takes place in LA: A city connected with dreams andheartbreaking. LA is often seen as a place where misery lives and thisis referenced at the end of the film yet the city is portrayed as adesirable place to live. Part of this is through Nikki's eyes with thesense that everything in his life is perfect. Yet even after it allbegins to go wrong, the city still remains beautiful. This reminds theview that we are not watching a film about LA, we are watching a filmabout a promiscuous young man. Also on a deeper note it could be toconvey the fact that love can be found right in front of your eyes evenif you can't see it.The erotic senses in the film are seen as very casual. They happen infrequent bursts. These scenes seem to just copy one another almost, asif every girl is the same to Nikki. Yet once he leaves Samantha andre-meets Heather the scenes change in feel. They become longer andgentler; more beautiful and loving. Eventually Nikki falls in love with Heather. We know from the startthat there is something different for she is the one girl he has a truedifficulty seducing. Usually it is Nikki who plays and uses the womenhe takes, but Heather almost reverses this and seems to be playing withhim. Nikki's mind changes and he does begin to feel a true sense oflove rather than just lust. Although Heather does "break" Nikki's heartit does show the audience that Nikki does have a heart and he is justas human as the next man. Heather has an extra intelligence which theother women don't and this along with a combination of other thingsbrings out the heart in Nikki.The film as a whole is an interesting story and well acted with a goodscript and ideas. The ending its self is a very good ending for thestory and has a very final conclusion to it. The film manages to conveywhat it is trying to say and in a way that is not boring or repetitive.The film is an adult film in both content and idea, however, it is afilm definitely worth watching and I would recommend it to any adultwith a interest in good film drama.