A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
It's suggested that immoral behavior, even if it harms no one, eventually collapses under the weight of its own intrinsic corruption. "Legal is not always right."
Positive Role Models
Julian is a cocky, selfish man who forgets that to make his living he has to play ball with some unsavory figures he thinks are beneath him. When Julian is accused of murder, the wealthy client he was actually with at the time of the crime refuses to vouch for him because it would make her relationship with him public. Evidence is planted to frame someone for a murder he didn't commit.
Violence & Scariness
A man hires an escort to restrain and hit his wife, and he enjoys watching them have sex. The woman is later murdered offscreen. A man hangs off a balcony. Someone tries to save him but he falls to his death.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The main character is a high-end escort. Although little nudity is shown and no actual intercourse is shown, he's seen in bed with his shirt off with various women, whose breasts are sometimes shown. "Kink" is discussed. Gay sex is discussed but not seen. There are references to getting "wet," phone sex, and sex "from behind." The escort is proud that he spent three hours bringing a client to orgasm. A man hires an escort to have rough sex with his wife while he watches, a practice the escort doesn't like. A scene takes place in a gay nightclub.
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"F--k," "s--t," "c--t," "f-g," "bitch," "p---y," "hard-on," "jerk off," "dildo," "paddle," and "orgasm."
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Products & Purchases
The lavish life of the wealthy is on display, although as the movie progresses beautiful clothes, nice cars, and conspicuous consumption morph from signs of success into signs of corruption and superficiality.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drug use is discussed but not shown. Adults drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that American Gigolo looks at the high-end Los Angeles escort service world in which a handsome and polished young man played by Richard Gere tends to the needs of wealthy women. As he becomes more independent and demanding, he alienates his procurers, one of whom frames him in the murder of a wealthy woman. A man hangs off a balcony. Someone tries to save him but he falls to his death. Sex is spoken of openly. A variety of sexual specifics, or "kink," are referenced, including rough, gay, and voyeuristic bents. Naked breasts are seen. Clients' drug use is also catered to. The trappings of wealth are on display, including designer clothes, lavish mansions, and expensive cars, and it's suggested that a general celebration of the superficial is a symptom of social rot among the overprivileged. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," and "c--t." In many ways, the movie seems tame by today's standards, but it's still best suited for older teens. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This movie is as sleek and unfrilly as the 1980s Armani suits Julian wears. Writer-director Paul Schrader (he wrote Raging Bull and Taxi Driver) brings his renowned Calvinist sense of right and wrong to a world where goodness is more likely to be the punchline of a joke than a way of life. Gere gives an absorbing performance as a man who came from nothing but learned to use charm and manners to fit in with the elite. When he asks why he was framed, he's told he was "framable" -- Julian had "stepped on so many toes" no one cared about him. The lesson in American Gigolo is that someone who shows no loyalty will end up without allies in times of trouble.
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