A pretty entertaining film, if a bad start when the Utah travel agent says that women in the west are afraid to be feminine anymore. Not sure what that means. If playing dumb means "feminine", then I guess quit, too! But in all other ways I am the same as I was in the 60s. I did find it harder to interest guys after 30, though (U.S.). And now I guess if you don't have a perfect body, etc, it must be harder than when I was young, as the media and celebrities have made a career out of celebrating the physical, and any means to achieve it.
This is mostly an issue of women now having the financial power equal to or near men, and so we can engage in similar behaviors. The Bali situation seems like the age old golddigger thing, really. Like some men who want an unequal partner, so do some women. I traveled a lot when young and was never interested in anyone I didn't have much in common with, no matter how attractive, so it's hard to relate to these women. All I could think of when watching this was the smell and taste of cigarettes and AIDS or other STDs. I come from a time when AIDS killed you within 2 yrs. The AIDS rate is very, very high on Bali, which none of the interviewees seems to know, except the doctor. Like female golddiggers, what will these guys do when they get too old and can't perform 3x/hr? I doubt many of them are successful and careful enough that they can plan for old age. That's the sad part of this story. The women are privileged, but the men live in a poor country, with no other way to make a living (or few choices, all very, very low paying). I don't think women are against paying for love. I have joked about it with girlfriends and once, at a convention in Las Vegas, I did think it through. Of course they ply you with ads for "escorts" as soon as you leave the plane. For the first time in my life, I was financially able to buy whatever love I wanted, so it was something new to consider, and you feel you can have anything in Vegas. I opted out, though. The reality didn't seem like it would live up to Richard Gere in American Gigolo. And I was looking for real love, at any rate, having sewn my wild oats already. I've hung out with other vacationers, mostly during activities, then maybe grab a bite or drink after.
I felt for the boys' wives and families (esp the STD thing), even though the wife said she was glad he worked the women on the beach (MUCH more money than other work). None of this is what we sign on for as young people and is not in our dreams. They have money from this 'job', but dreams are dashed, as are dreams about faithful husbands.
Luckily, though the film didn't give enough info on this, but it doesn't seem like anyone is being exploited here. Most is out front. If anyone was being coerced, it would be the less powerful/educated men, but they know the complete score. I think most of the women know, too. And if they can afford to keep a Kuta Boy, then more power. The Balinese wives are closest to being coerced here, by their husbands, and poor circumstances. Being a gigolo is the highest paying job on Bali.
So the film gets better and is in the style of a 60s film (or Tarantino film). Several of the boys are interviewed, along with several women and a couple, the local healer, and a French columnist. There is a lot of humor. And some of the boys are very cute - too LOOK at, IMO. Watching this is not a terrible way to spend time.