Entertainment 'Fading Gigolo' wants to be a Woody Allen movie John Turturro, left, and Woody Allen star in "Fading Gigolo," also directed and written by Turturro. Photo Credit: Millennium Entertainment/ JoJo Whilden By ROBERT LEVIN email@example.com @rlevin85 April 16, 2014 5:34 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email "Fading Gigolo," written and directed by John Turturro, wants to be a Woody Allen movie so badly that Allen turns up in one of his rare acting parts, playing the world's most nebbishy pimp. Turturro is Fioravante, a New York flower shop worker convinced by buddy Murray (Allen) to try his hand at prostitution. This leads to casual dalliances with characters played by Sharon Stone and Sofia Vergara and a more serious one with Hasidic widow Avigal (Vanessa Paradis). Turturro is a fine director in addition to being one of our great character actors, but this is a decidedly minor, almost drama-free effort, with faux-philosophical dialogue that plays like second-rate Allen material. It's a dated romp across an unrecognizable city, from Williamsburg to the Upper East Side, that's left utterly earth-bound by its mechanical plot, stereotypical characters and the odd spectacle of Turturro casting himself as a gigolo. Fading Gigolo2 starsDirected by John TurturroStarring John Turturro, Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Vanessa ParadisRated RPlaying at Angelika, Lincoln Plaza, 1,2,3 By ROBERT LEVIN firstname.lastname@example.org @rlevin85 Robert, amNewYork's Editor-in-Chief, has been with the team in one capacity or another for more than a decade. He also reviews movies and writes entertainment features. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.