Spread

July 8th, 2009








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Spread

Still of Ashton Kutcher and Margarita Levieva in SpreadStill of Ashton Kutcher and Margarita Levieva in SpreadAnne Heche and James Tupper at event of SpreadStill of Ashton Kutcher and Sebastian Stan in SpreadStill of Ashton Kutcher and Margarita Levieva in SpreadStill of Ashton Kutcher in Spread

Plot
A sex comedy centered on a serial womanizer and his jilted lover.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 5.9/10 (16,236 voted)

Critic's Score: 43/100

Director: David Mackenzie

Stars: Ashton Kutcher, Anne Heche, Margarita Levieva

Storyline
In Los Angeles, Nikki is homeless, car-less and closing in on 30, but he's 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 it's unclear how long she'll put up with him. Then Nikki meets Heather, a waitress. Is the player being played, or might this be love? What will Nikki discover?

Writers: Jason Dean Hall, Jason Dean Hall

Cast:
Ashton Kutcher - Nikki
Anne Heche - Samantha
Margarita Levieva - Heather
Sebastian Stan - Harry
Sonia Rockwell - Christina
Ashley Johnson - Eva
Rachel Blanchard - Emily
Shane Brolly - Prince Stelio
Eric Balfour - Sean
Maria Conchita Alonso - Ingrid
Derek Carter - Delivery Guy
Jordan Black - Kevin
Dani Levine - Nadia
Sarah Buxton - Helen
Peter Marc Jacobson - Plastic Surgeon

Taglines: It's a business doing pleasure.



Details

Official Website: Official site [France] | Official site [United States] |

Release Date: 8 July 2009

Filming Locations: Century City, Los Angeles, California, USA

Opening Weekend: $122,948 (USA) (16 August 2009) (103 Screens)

Gross: $249,590 (USA) (6 September 2009)



Technical Specs

Runtime:  | USA: (Sundance Film Festival)



Did You Know?

Trivia:
Ashton Kutcher prepared for his role by speaking with Warren Beatty who played a similar character in Shampoo. He also read Neil Strauss's non-fiction book "The Game", which is about pickup artists.

Quotes:
[first lines]
Nikki: My whole life it was obvious I was going to end up in this city. I don't want to be arrogant here, but I'm an incredibly attractive man. I can't help it, I don't try to be, I just am. When I was a kid my mother's best friend used to tell me that I was gonna be a little heart breaker. Turns out she was right. Her husband came home from work one day and found us fuckin' on the Stairmaster. Los Angeles, California - that's where all the beautiful little heart breakers go to live the dream. 30,000 of them arrive here every single month. 30,000 prom kings and queens, and Little Miss Cute Tits every one of them with stars in their eyes and a dream in their heart. When I first came out here, I had a dream - a dream of an easy life. I was gonna get rich from lyin' around having my picture taken. I was gonna live in the hills and drive a noisy yellow sports car and f*ck 6' girls who weighed 89 lbs. Guess what? Most of it came true.



User Review

Sexy, subversive and very surprising...

Rating: 8/10

Spread is an unusual little film. I say 'little', as it's essentially a low budget character-driven drama that is some how being commercially packaged as a rom-com. A quick glance at the credits reveals that this isn't your average Kutcher vehicle: it's directed by Scotland's David Mackenzie of "Young Adam" and "Hallam Foe" fame.

Make no mistake, the Kutcher we see at the start of the film is very familiar: arrogant, uptight and utterly beautiful. But as the run-time flies past, we somehow warm to his character even though he's getting more sex than most of us will get in a lifetime. And here's the good news: Kutcher's performance is fairly astounding. He manages to reveal the humanity in his deeply flawed character with notable subtlety and a distinct lack of cliché. Kutcher's (many) sexual relationships portrayed in the film are brutally realistic: the modern and perhaps unromantic realities of casual sex are not dressed-up in any cheap Hollywood moralising. This is also evident in the overall tone of the film: there are many moments that could have descended into schmaltz, but a sharp edge it maintained on just about every line of dialogue.

Kutcher fans: beware. This is a real departure for the actor, but thank goodness: it's a movie with all the superficial gloss of Hollywood and all the invention of an indie flick.




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