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Mediocre crime story that helped launch Gere's career
on February 6, 2002
This is one of two breakthrough films for Richard Gere. The other one was "Officer and a Gentleman", which cemented his status as a bankable star. This is also an early film for mega producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Flashdance, Beverly Hills Cop, Top Gun, ConAir, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor). In this film, Gere plays Julian Kaye, a gigolo who services the sexual needs of wealthy older woman. One of his tricks gets murdered and suddenly all the evidence points to him. Of course, his alibi refuses to admit he was with her because it would be scandalous. The last half of the film is devoted to Julian trying to discover who is trying to frame him. Concurrent with this plot is the story of his love affair with Michelle Stratton (Lauren Hutton) the wife of a wealthy Senator.
The story isn't bad, but the dialogue is mindless and trashy, typified by Michelle's repeatedly begging for sex from Julian in the most profane and explicit terms. There aren't any surprises that aren't completely predictable, and the mystery of who is framing Julian is painfully obvious. The film features Blondie's hit "Call Me", but after hearing a couple of dozen Georgio Moroder variations on this theme on his synthesizer, it gets tiresome.
Gere's performance shows promise here and his generous nude scenes make this film a favorite among his female fans. Gere exudes a smart and sophisticated machismo in this film that would be his trademark for years to come. For Lauren Hutton, who was more famous as a Supermodel than an actor, this role is probably her most notable. She does an adequate job of playing the aristocratic wife with an untamed libido, but is in no danger of winning any acting awards.
This is an interesting film to watch from a historical perspective if you are a Gere fan, but it is by no means a classic. I rated it a 6/10. Weak writing hamstrings a decent story and keeps it from rising above mediocrity.