25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
"Spread" is basically a grifter movie with Ashton Kutcher playing (rather credibly I might add) Nikki, an over-confident hustler who lacks both a home and a car, and thus resorts to preying on older, successful (yet attractive) women. One of these is Anne Heche, who plays a successful attorney, Samantha, and finding Nikki's brash overtures rather charming, takes him home to her posh pad in the Hollywood Hills. Both Samantha and Nikki have hot sex all over Sam's luxurious property, and the sex scenes are pretty explicit and creative. Nikki should be happy in this arrangement, yet the viewer senses Nikki's restlessness. Instead of cementing the 'deal', Nikki inexplicably resorts to reckless acts, like having sex with another woman in Sam's bed whilst he thinks she's out of town...well, the Nikki-Samantha coupling continues, even as Nikki finds himself increasingly attracted to a waitress, Heather (Margarita Levieva) who is also hustling for money and stuff.
This is where the movie sort of veers off tangent and weakens - I found Anne Heche to be an interesting character. She is outwardly confident and controlling in the relationship with Nikki, but then she reveals her own set of insecurities by some of her actions. Unfortunately, when Heather comes into the picture, Heche's Samantha recedes into the background. The Nikki-Heather relationship doesn't altogether add up - Heather reveals certain character deficits which makes one wonder why Nikki is so smitten with her (empathy perhaps?). There are other facets of their relationship that is presented as is with no credible explanation. Ultimately, it's this lack on character development and in-depth exploration that lets this movie down, though it still makes for an interesting and engaging viewing experience.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2009
I don't know why...not a big Ashton Kutcher fan..in fact I think he is a fluke. Though I have to admit...I've never seem him give a bad performance...and DUDE WHERE'S MY CAR is still one of my favorite films to laugh till I cry over.
SPREAD is another re-telling of the broken dreams of those who move to LA or HOLLYWOOD to make it big and simply end up broke and on the streets...doing what ever they can to survive, another film that stands out with this theme is "WHERE THE DAY TAKES YOU"
Ashton Kutcher plays a penniless Lothario who seduces wealthy women to become a "kept" man. The character he plays is vacuous, egomaniac, and narcissistic,and Ashton knocks it out of the park. SPREAD at its very best is unpredictable. Though the themes and some of the characters may seem familiar the direction they take, and the development of them is refreshingly original. Ann Heitch, another Hollywood insider I don't care for is simply amazing in the role of an exceedingly rich bachelorette who keeps the company of Kutcher's character with no allusions as to the relationship.
SPREAD is a character study of youth, ambition, and empathy, growing old and success or the lack there of....and how these things can grow with you, or you can loose them. Well acted by all of the cast members SPREAD was a pleasant surprise..and I'm glad I took the time to check it out...it's not suited for all audiences as it does have a lot of adult subject matter in it, but none of it gratuitous and all works exceptionally well in this well made well told story of Dreams, and awakenings.
16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Some have written about how meaningful and articulate this film is, but once the credits roll it honestly feels like you just watched a soft core take on a few LA hedonists and nothing else.
Ashton and Heche signed on because of the "story" (making of docu) but considering every scene they have together involves the fun stuff, it makes you wonder. Anyway, we watch all of these shallow people muddle through their cons and bed campaigns as Ashton's character narrates his success strategy at this lifestyle, but in the end I really did not care about any of them. Apparently, (the cover art states) our main character is hoping to find something real, but that never happens as we hop from one party, bed conquest and sleepover to the next. But - they found a way to put 7.1 sound on this film - why of all films does this get the sound some strive to hear all year but only get once or twice?
The sound was outstanding. The opening sequence has a helicopter buzz hitting all seven channels, followed by a one-take night club scene (that was very well done: stairs, railing pans, reusing extras, etc.) where the music and voices travel all around you in eloquent fashion. The Blu clarity is outstanding as is the color; plenty of skin tones and dark contrasts against candlelight and such. The LA basin gets shown in all its glory several times in a decent skyline haze. The supplements are:
* 16:10 minute Living the Dream (making of). Plenty of production material, hows and whys.
* 5:44 minute Behind the Scenes with Ashton. Actually the only Ashton part of this was everyone else talking about how great it is to work with him...yech.
* 3:53 minute World According to Nikki. As if they could find a way to get any shallower, Ashton gives the viewer a detailed training academy on how to score a gal in LA...whatever.
* Commentary with cast and crew. This is actually an intermittent picture-in-picture. It is a smaller box than normal but the information is interesting and it covered a nice background on how they did the one-take shot. It comes up every few minutes and still allows you to hear what is going on in the film.
You read about people claiming this has an amazing ending, a brilliant motif, outstanding neo-realism, blah, blah, blah. Just did not grab me as anything other than a well-filmed depiction of the hedonistic side of LA.
If you are a fan of these pretty actresses doing their first hard R roles, than this would be your film (I remember Maragrita the most from Noise). Watching Ashton walk around in the buff didn't work for me - but I know there is a target audience out there for this one. 2 for the film, 1.5 for the Blu specs and .5 for the supplements. Enjoy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2013
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A lot of people give Ashton Kutcher crap. I got to give it up. I think the man can act. People talk about how this movie is shallow and full of sex scenes. That's silly - a movie about drugs without drugs? Or what about a movie about sports without sports? Ridiculous. The movie is deep and takes shots at the shallow and superficial life. You are not supposed to get off or be aroused by the sex scenes and shallowness. You are supposed to be annoyed and see the shortcomings. Basically, this is the American version of the movie "Priceless." "Priceless" is a good movie, but in some ways it legitimizes the player life style. Priceless makes it appear as if high priced sex-for-money is okay given socioeconomics. However, Spread doesn't do so. Furthermore, Spread shows how in the end, people can actually lose with the player life style. Does anyone seem happy at the conclusion of this movie? Do any of the characters feel as if they have accomplished their life goals? That's why this movie is good. It shows how life can wasted by pursuing superficial values and means. I like the characters. I like the script, and I like the acting. A movie is a movie. At the end, people are left to debate the entertainment value as well as the moral/life lesson one. After watching this movie, I believe the entertainment value is as good as could be given the subject matter. However, the life lesson value is excellent. If you are looking to watch a movie and become a slightly better person after viewing, give Spread a shot.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 21, 2011
I had to decide between four stars or five because I'd say it's inbetween those numbers but ultimately since I called my bro and sister-in-law to check it out and because I think the film is somehow endearing I gave it five. The acting is great, Ashton and Anne were fantastic and so was the other main girl. Anne always comes across as real in every film she makes and this was no exception. It was really about relationships, the shallowness of just "being good looking" and living for that alone. And Anne's character was so sad, just desperate to hang on to a man to the point of extreme measures. Her self esteem was so low but ultimately she stood up for herself. And by the end everybody Ashton did too and you are left with the feeling that he finally gets it..that to just live a shallow life without love is really rather meaningless. I thought the ending was realistic and didn't dwelve into sappiness. This definitely won't be any huge hit as was the incredible Fatal Attraction but for a film that didn't put much money in production it's a winner to me; poignant, makes you think long after it's over.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 16, 2010
Format: Blu-rayVerified Purchase
I really enjoyed watching this movie, it has a great story to it. This movie looks really good on blu-ray, some of the scenes are really vivid. I am very happy with this purchase.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2015
I picked up this movie from the library in need of some entertainment. Not even knowing that Anne Heche and Ashton Kutcher had starred in a movie together, I became intrigued. ( I don't even remember seeing commercials for this.) Sometimes lesser-known movies are better. Key word: sometimes. This is not an atrocious movie but it's nowhere near a stellar one. It's passable but if someone is a fan of Ashton Kutcher, then they may enjoy it more because there is plenty of skin. Nonetheless, a movie that demonstrates vacuousness in the pursuit of something deeper.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2015
Format: Amazon Instant Video
Take the movie Midnight Cowboy, make the people more attractive and set it in a warm climate much less gritty than NYC. OH, yeah, the main character doesn't pee in his pants and die. The film had a depth of expression that went all the way from A to B.
on July 27, 2014
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this movie starts off with Ashton kutcher, being a young male scamming women ,
so he can have a lover,house and away to find other women to have sex with,
his first women he has sex with is ann heche and lives in a very nice eexspenive house, she gives him almost everrything,
but she was begininng to see what he was doing , but she enjoyed the sex with a younger guy,
player or not,, at some point she ven get surgery to repair her losse vagina, so she could be like a young women
for him,, i don't think so!
she finnally has enouhg of his playboy tactics and kicks him out,
he goes to a cafe and oders something to eat, what does he do , he flirts with waitress,
he finally gets her number after lots of trying,
come to find out she is just like him, she scams rich guys to get what she wants,
eventually she figures out whats going on and one day she gets a package in the mail
and it has red roses and a letter in it,
it was real personal,because she decides to break off the relationship her and ashton has,
& she leaves her house to ashton to go to N.Y.
to figire things out,
at a later date, ashton gets the nerve to go find her and purpose to her
he gets a flight to N.Y to find his lover ,
i will leave it there, you will have to see it the show, to find out what really happens,
in N.Y & from there forward.
i would recommend this movie to anyone that likes ashton kuecher& ANN Heche,
therte is alot of sex and nudity in the movie FYI!!! don't worry it fitd the movie!!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2009
This was a good film which could have been a great one if it had just been intellectually deeper. As the narrator and main character, Nikki (Ashton Kutcher) points out, there are thousands of people who arrive in Hollywood every day looking for the elusive "rock star-treatment lifestyle." Nikki choses to pursue his dream by using rich (albeit still attractive) women who will support him in exchange for a willing sexual partner (and perhaps the chance to feel young again).
While the film does a good job of showing how someone like Nikki could snare women who have their own dreams of caring for (and dominating) a young player, nothing explains the restlessness and the irrational decisions that Nikki makes once he has clearly snared the blue-blood attorney played beautifully by Anne Heche. Does he feel trapped in the relationship? Does he resent his benefactor? Is he simply easily bored? Does he miss the "comfort of being sad" as Kurt Cobain so elegantly once put it? The viewer is left to wonder ...with absolutely no clues because of holes in the script.
Thus, the film becomes both a cautionary tale with no discernible message and, for that reason, somewhat unsatisfying film despite being very interesting to watch.