Conspicuous Trailer of the Week: Love Ranch

Now there’s an odd on-screen married couple: Helen Mirren and Joe Pesci. As the Guardian astutely pointed out, these two have a combined age of 131, but at age 65, Dame Helen Mirren can still pack some heat! Her American accent is inconsistent based on the trailer, but would anyone even notice?

Based on a true story about the owners of the first legal brothel in Nevada, apparently the movie’s been delayed for a couple of years. Joe Pesci himself’s been in retirement of sort, his last movie role was a small part in The Good Shepherd four years ago. Hmmm, perhaps he just couldn’t resist a chance at playing Mirren’s husband… as well as lovers to lots of women one-third of his age 🙂

Plot Description from Apple trailer site:

Love Ranch is a bittersweet love story that turns explosive when the players in a romantic triangle lose control and cross the line. Set in the late1970s, depicting larger than life personalities living on the edge, Love Ranch stars Helen Mirren and Joe Pesci as Grace Bontempo and Charlie Bontempo, the husband and wife team who own and run Nevadas first legalized brothel. Their lives are suddenly altered when Armando Bruza, a husky, world famous heavy weight boxer from South America, played by hot upandcoming Spanish actor Sergio PerisMencheta, is brought to the Ranch to train as part of Charlies everexpanding entrepreneurial empire. Plans quickly go awry when Bruza comes between Grace and Charlie as an unforeseen love triangle develops that erupts into uncontrollable passion and murder.

From the director of Ray, Devil’s Advocate and Proof of Life, Hackford is Mirren’s real life husband. He directed her in 1985 in White Nights, a drama about a Russian ballet dancer (played by Mikhail Baryshnikov). Just a bit of trivia: the famous Lionel Ritchie’s song Say you, say me used in this movie won an Oscar for Best Original Score.

5 thoughts on “Conspicuous Trailer of the Week: Love Ranch

  1. As soon as I saw the poster for Love Ranch, I thought it looked really interesting. Looking forward to this, love Helen Mirren and the unlikely combination of Mirren and Pesci will be a bit of a draw for me.
    Devil’s Advocate, Ray & Proof of Life were only okay, but maybe this will be better?

    1. Yeah, it definitely caught my eye because of Helen. She really is amazing. I gotta admit I quite like Devil’s Advocate, and Jamie Foxx is just amazing in Ray. Proof of Life is actually not bad, but I think the Crowe/Ryan affair kinda hurt it.

  2. Pesci has never looked more leathery. This movie reminds me a little of a Sopranos subplot crossed with American Pimp, which is actually good company. Will Gina Gershon ever break out of her typecasting?

    1. Hi Steve. I’ve never watched Sopranos, though that’s one TV show Pesci should’ve guest-starred in. Gershon kinda played against type in P.S. I love you as one of Hilary Swank’s best friends, but yeah mostly she plays the same character.

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