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June 16, 2010 / TerranceTheTrailerTrasher

Love Ranch

Michael the Moviegoer – @@@

The tone of this trailer is all over the ballpark. It starts out looking like a remake of “The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas” and then the second half morphs into a dark Scorsese-esque film a la “Casino.” While it’s doubtful director Taylor Hackford can achieve what Martin Scorsese can with dark subject matters, my hope is that the film is more like the trailer’s second half. I prefer Joe Pesci in edgy stuff. With the exception of “My Cousin Vinny,” Pesci’s comedies often aren’t very good. But what interests me most here is that it seems to be the first time Hackford is working with his wife Helen Mirren in a lead role. That should be interesting. The dialogue is hit-and-miss. I love Pesci’s line “there’s no business like ho business.” But what’s up with that Argentinian guy comparing his hair to The Beatles? Is this movie set in the 60s? Doesn’t look like it. And The Beatles never had hair like that anyway.

Terrance the Trailer Trasher – @@@

You’re so right. Normally I would expect to be all over this, considering the pedigree and the subject matter involved. The hook wants to be a Rocky-like struggle to legalize prostitution in Nevada (yes, that would be circa 1971, Michael), but the footage suggests they think they found a deeper story in the overall lives of a ficitonalized Joe and Sally Conforte. It has the potential to go wildly off the rails. Still, this is one I know I’m going to want to see to find out. One thing I’ll never understand, though, is what part of the trailer you think is trying to be a comedy?

Opens June 30, 2010, in limited release.

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