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Di­rected by John Tur­turro. Star­ring John Tur­turro, Woody Allen, Vanessa Par­adis, Liev Schreiber, Sharon Stone, Sofia Ver­gara

90 min

15A cert, limited re­lease, The lat­est film di­rected by John Tur­turro (his fifth, some­what as­ton­ish­ingly) looks and feels a lit­tle like a Woody Allen joint. That’s partly be­cause it’s set in Brook­lyn and partly be­cause it’s a sex com­edy that takes in more than a few first­class quips. It’s also be­cause it al­lows Allen him­self a large sup­port­ing role. This doesn’t hap­pen too of­ten. By our cal­cu­la­tion, it’s been 14 years since he ap­peared as any­body other than him­self in an­other per­son’s film.

There’s enough saucy hu­mour here to ex­plain why Allen agreed to take the gig. He plays Mur­ray, the owner of a book­shop, who, faced with bankruptcy, hap­pens upon an un­likely source of funds. His der­ma­tol­o­gist (Sharon Stone) has sug­gested the no­tion of a three­some and Mur­ray reck­oned that Fio­ra­vante (Tur­turro), a florist, might be the man for the job. Un­sur­pris­ingly, Mur­ray is un­easy with the no­tion, but he re­lents when he re­alises there’s $1,000 to be earned and that the clients are as easy on the eye as Ms Stone and Sofia Ver­gara.

Along the way, var­i­ous other clas­si­cally New York per­son­al­i­ties make an ap­pear­ance. Liev Schreiber turns up as some sort of Ha­sidic po­lice of­fi­cer in love with a widow from his own com­mu­nity, played (we kid you not) by Vanessa Par­adis. Fio­ra­vante soon gets be­tween them.

As you may have gath­ered, the plot is a lit­tle scat­ter­shot, the mo­ti­va­tions a lit­tle ob­scure and the sex­ual pol­i­tics a lit­tle way­ward. But, mak­ing sense

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