Well, this is interesting. Love Ranch, due out later this year, certainly has an eclectic cast — Joe Pesci, Helen Mirren (is it me or is she showing up everywhere these days?), Gina Gershon, Taryn Manning, Scout Taylor-Compton, and Spanish actor Sergio Peris-Mencheta. They’ve even got crazy-assed Bai Ling. It’s based on the true story of a married couple who opened the first legal brothel in Nevada (no, it’s not based on that dickface from the HBO show “Cathouse”).
It certainly looks interesting, and I dig the plotline of Mirren and the young fighter. I wonder how much attention it will pay to the actual working girls and the impact of the industry on them, and just how much it’ll glamorize it. Director Taylor Hackford is an odd duck, with a resume ranging from the superb (An Officer and a Gentleman, Ray), to the… oddly entertaining (The Devil’s Advocate, a bad movie that somehow continues to amuse me). Oh, and he’s also married to Ms. Mirren.
It plays a little like Casino with hookers, but maybe that’s just what I always think when I see Pesci (who, incidentally, had actually retired from movies for the last 12 years. No seriously — since 1998’s ill-advised Lethal Weapon 4, he’s been in one other movie — a cameo in The Good Shepherd. Weird). I admit, he looks like he hasn’t lost a step in this.
Anyway, take a look.