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Rated R · 118 minutes · 2010

Joe Pesci ended a 12-year retirement from the screen (excepting his brief turn in Robert De Niro's The Good Shepherd) to star in this miserable drama, set in the 1970s, about a legal brothel in Nevada. He and Helen Mirren are the married couple who own the place, and the fissures in their relationship—caused mainly by his dalliances with the working girls—are exacerbated when he buys the contract of an Argentinean boxer and the young man takes a shine to Mirren. Director Taylor Hackford (Ray) seems to be aiming for a big Boogie Nights social canvas, though the movie's risible prize-fight sequence is more reminiscent of the later Rocky sequels. With Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Gina Gershon, and Ling Bai.
Director: Taylor Hackford
Producer: Lou DiBella, Taylor Hackford, Marty Katz, Mark Jacobson and Marcus Schoffer
Cast: Helen Mirren, Joe Pesci, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Gina Gershon, Taryn Manning, Scout Taylor-Compton, Bai Ling, Elise Neal, M.C. Gainey, Bryan Cranston, Wendell Pierce, Gil Birmingham and Rick Gomez

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