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Quid Pro Quo (2008)

Vera Farminga , Nick Stahl  |  R |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Vera Farminga, Nick Stahl, James Frain, Jessica Hecht, Dylan Bruno
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia
  • DVD Release Date: August 19, 2008
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OU5NLW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,490 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Quid Pro Quo" on IMDb

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When a man walked into a hospital and offered a doctor $250,000 to amputate a perfectly healthy leg - reporter Isaac Knott (Nick Stahl) became intrigued. Knott, who lost the use of his legs in a childhood car accident, finds his professional interest turns into personal business. Fiona (Vera Farmiga), a mysterious and sexy informant, offers him an odd exclusive: she'll introduce him to the disturbing sub-culture of paraplegic "wannabes."

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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange and Fascinating Detective Story August 31, 2008
Helpful Note: Wikipedia definition: Quid pro quo (Latin for "something for something") indicates a more-or-less equal exchange or substitution of goods or services.

Carlos Brooks makes an impressive debut as both writer and director of this little independent film QUID PRO QUO, a story that may make some viewers uncomfortable because of the subject matter, but an intelligent investigation of a subculture unknown to most and a script that leads to a surprising ending - if the viewer keeps thinking after the rolling credits are over!

Isaac (Nick Stahl) is a reporter for a small radio station, a role that gives him the opportunity to uncover novel human interest stories for his audience. Interestingly, Isaac is a paraplegic, confined to a wheelchair since age 8 when he was the survivor of a car crash that killed both his parents. He has full function of most of his body, but cannot walk. Isaac receives an email from one 'Ancient Chinese Girl' that contains a message about a person who convinced a doctor to amputate a normal leg. Isaac is fascinated and sets out to investigate the story and eventually discovers the source of the email - one young and very beautiful Fiona (Vera Farmiga) - who introduces him to a subculture of people who want to be wheelchair bound: in a group meeting Isaac hears strange stories from a disparate group of people who meet to discuss their obsession with being paralyzed, their chance to be noticed and cared about as quasi-invalids who would go so far as having an amputation of a normal limb to enable their wheelchair dreams.

Isaac soon discovers that Fiona shares this obsession, demonstrates her secrets to Isaac, and the two begin to bond physically and emotionally.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Twisted little film that would look great in BD... August 18, 2008
This film keeps getting the trailer and media exposure of being another Crash-esque (1995) style film with a serious coverage of psychotic "wannabes" that wish for physical/medical impairments. And it almost appears that way in the beginning, but as you make it through all of those uncomfortable sexual moments what transpires is another come-to-terms film of emotional withholdings.

Vera Farmiga and Nich Stahl lead this film of exploration and in the end, twists of forgiveness and moving forward. Vera's performance was forced and seemed on fast forward at times, but she still looks elegant on the screen. Nick appears to be creating a name for himself so I would recommend the film especially for his fan base.

Technically, the intermittent flashbacks of tulip fields and the opening color montage during the credits would make for a great Blu display, but the remainder of the film is mostly filled with browns, silvers and darks. The DVD contains footage from the Whole documentary, deleted scenes, a tulip montage to some nice music, and most importantly - the alternate ending that was significantly better. Several ladies were watching this with me and they felt the film was ruined with the corny ending that is in the film now, but the alternate was much more appropriate and gave the whole (deleted) love story much needed closure.

I have noticed in other reviews that any topics touching the disabilities, psychosis, or challenges shown in the film spur ugly debates. Putting all of that aside, it is a watchable film with a good twist ending that should keep the masses slightly entertained.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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this is a smart little independent film noir, quite the intriguing mystery. the script is excellent and the direction/pacing is fine. the female lead, vera farmiga, is very good. nick stahl, the male lead, is incredible in this role. he gives a fine,fine performance and captures the confusion and hopes/fears of the character very well. this actor deserves more recognition than he gets. he is attractive-but-vulnerable and has a real film presence.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and tender at the same time February 2, 2013
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Okay I have to admit that if you follow the few reviews I've done I seem to end up reviewing movies where I have a crush on the actress - as far as I know I'm not a lesbian (not that there is anything wrong with being one ;)) but I do appreciate certain women - sometimes more than men - maybe because I have a better chance of being like them and that's what is really attracting me? But who knows and that's not what I'm here to do - I'm here to review - Quid Pro Quo is a good movie - Nick Stahl who really shines in a quiet and authentic way here - keeps you wanting to understand why people who have seemingly nothing wrong with them want to be paraplegics. He himself is one and as a reporter one day discovers some "wanna bes" people who want to be para but are not. Soon after he meets Fiona played by the much adored and amazing actress (ahem) Fiona Farmiga - she is not a paraplegic but she wants to be one. So begins the dance btw. the two of how each other seems to want what they have. It's a bittersweet movie - it takes you to the tip of tears but ultimately isn't so much as sad as quietly true. As often are most things in life.

Give it a won't regret it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Good December 28, 2008
This film had a lot going for it initially; really cool voice over; beautiful visuals of, what we find out later, is a tulip field and red tulips; a twist and turn here and there; and flashbacks. About 20 minutes into the film it jumps the shark. The intrigue totally disappears, bad acting creeps in, and the story just doesn't hold together. Vera Farminga turns in one of the poorest performances I've seen in a long time, she appears to be reading her lines. Nick Stahl does a decent job as a parapalegic.

I really didn't care for this film at all. There was no intrigue, the mystery is so obvious. The payoff at the end is just sad. And the magic shoes... Ah, it was just really poor story telling and a mystery that just doesn't work.

The topic was intriguing. People that are able bodied but want to become handicapped. OK, that was understood about half way through this film. It's a way of life, not a disease or some sexual oddity. The trouble at the end of this film, it simply falls back into the stereotypes we all entered the film with. I'm not sure I learned or cared much by the time the hour and a half was up.

There is something really special about this DVD. The first 15 minutes of "Whole Documentary" is included in the special features. Now that film looks to be an incredible movie about this topic. Treated with care and love, without the awful back story and ending of Quid Pro Quo. Please go here to read reviews:

The rest of the bonus features are pitiful, deleted scenes that should have never seen the light of day. And the casting call for Nick and Vera.

This is an R rated movie for no real reason. If the two scenes with Nick and Vera had been deleted (and the film wouldn't have suffered one bit) this would be PG.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't get to finish a lousy movie
Looking a Vera Farminga was the highlight of this movie. Did not get to finish it because it stop streaming.
Published 6 months ago by David
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for a lazy afternoon or evening!
Not what I would call a great movie, but far from 'bad'! Good to fill a lazy afternoon or evening.
Published 16 months ago by Wayne M Blanchard
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow, brilliant.
Brilliant script. Great set-up: investigative reporter type, confined to a wheel chair, works and loves.... Then it gets rather wonderfully weird. Read more
Published 18 months ago by H. Charton
4.0 out of 5 stars Stranger than Hannibal Lecter?
"Quid pro quo, Clarice." OK, so maybe Vera Farmiga -- who gives a very nice performance, as usual -- maybe isn't quite as off her rocker here as Hannibal Lecter, but it's close. Read more
Published 19 months ago by California Dreaming
1.0 out of 5 stars Failed streaming.
Did not watch it, as it failed streaming. Not sure why my I keep loosing Wi-Fi. I give up watching when it fails often. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Lisa Ilie Dodwell
4.0 out of 5 stars Didn't know such a thing existed, and I get out a lot. Wow!
Excellent acting. Shocking story, and I have traveled in many circles. But oddly, and moreover scarily -- I get it, I really get it. Read more
Published 22 months ago by uoppsdn,ool
5.0 out of 5 stars Good solid movie. Need to wait to the end to fully understand!
I was first intrigued about the condition described in the movie and I thought it was just fiction. Then I did a search about people who WANT to be amputees. Read more
Published on September 9, 2012 by zeus
4.0 out of 5 stars Strangely Fascinating
This is a movie you do not want any spoilers or plot summary. It's a rare that a person in a wheelchair can be honestly portrayed as neither bitter nor heroic. Read more
Published on August 6, 2012 by mr. contrarian
3.0 out of 5 stars More Grit, Please
I didn't see any marketing for Quid Pro Quo but the sense I get is that it suggested more sexiness than storyline...that would be consistent with what I saw in the film. Read more
Published on June 14, 2012 by NoPushover
3.0 out of 5 stars unanswered questions.
No spoilers here. I won't go into the plot. It could have been and should have been a 5 star movie and if they would not have deleted the scenes that they did then i would have... Read more
Published on March 29, 2012 by mickalo
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