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A good cast and sexy subject matter still can't help this movie

In the opening scene of the movie Love Ranch, which was released on DVD November 9th, Joe Pesci lights up a cigar that’s wrapped in a $100 bill—a vulgar display of wealth, decadence, and excess. Unfortunately, it came off as clichéd, and the whole first half of this film wallows in mediocrity. Things improve in the second half, but don’t feel believable due to the weak story arc development.

The movie is directed by Taylor Hackford and stars academy award winner, Helen Mirren, and academy award nominee, Joe Pesci, as real life married couple Grace and Charlie Bontempo. In 1976, they were the owners of the first legal brothel in Reno, Nevada. It also introduces us to Sergio Peris-Mencheta, who plays Argentinean boxing champion Armando Bruza.

The drama is based on real events surrounding a love triangle that ends in murder. Charlie “Good Times” Bontempo is a sleezy, dirty, hustler, who divides his time between intimidating people to vote for the right sheriff, and sleeping with the “working girls” at his ranch. His long suffering wife Grace does her part by dutifully running the operations of the brothel, and turning a blind eye to Charlie’s indiscretions.

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