Most of the other characters in this film are bleak to say the most. Also on a deeper note it could be to convey the fact that love can be found right in front of your eyes even if you can't see it. Usually it is Nikki who plays and uses the women he takes, but Heather almost reverses this and seems to be playing with him. Its a sex comedy with enough sex and not enough comedy nor smarts to deliver. I am usually a fan of Ashton, but this was just crap.
Although from an external point of view Nikki is a heartless creature, through out the film one is pulled into him whether willing or not. He is currently sharing the lavish Hollywood Hills mansion of 40ish lawyer Samantha Anne Heche. The first 40 minutes are basically porn. I just don't see why they would assemble all those people and all that talent to tell us a story about people that were neither bad enough nor good enough for anybody to even take notice of. Ashton Kutcher did a good work as the lead role of Nikki. Of course I was happy that Kutcher was able to reach Maslow's stage of self actualization. Anne Heche was amazing as Samantha, and I really just found her performance genuinely likable and impressively delightful.
This puts Kutcher on the street and he must hock a few of his more outrageous items from Prada in order to get along, while mooching off a male friend. The only reason I am not giving this movie a 1 rating is because my 2010 New Year's Resolution is be a nicer person and voting 2 out of 10 constitutes an act of generosity. Secondly, he has never seemed like the sharpest tool in the shed based on the roles he's played. With the exception of Anne Heche's performance and she looked amazing , the acting was completely stiff and devoid of any emotion. But it still have should ended better.
And the fact that she never came out of her room, I can relate with that. Spread is an undeniably handsome-looking production, but it is rather vapid and empty. Demi Moore's toy boy Ashton Kutcher is perfectly cast here as Nikki, a handsome, vacuous, arrogant but impoverished stud who seduces wealthy, lonely older women and sponges off them while giving them an enjoyable sexual experience. I know that there dumb people in the world, but this was too much. I can't speak to any sense of realism in it, but perhaps there are worldly examples I'm simply unaware of.
Despite the fact there was a fair amount of 'adult' content within, it managed to keep your mind of of this and use it in an almost tasteful way, and use it to build the root of the characters even stronger. And here's the good news: Kutcher's performance is fairly astounding. But real life in my experience doesn't work that way. Also the clothes he's showing wearing are pretty silly colourfull clothes and suspenders Lastly, the ending was actually pretty weird and depressing, though not much. All in all a complete waste of time.
I kept waiting for more to develop, but it didn't. In terms of the plot, it was so predictable once you understood what was going on. But he remains emotionally detached, and never lets anyone get too close to him. I am spreading it thick, pun style. The victims of this bizarre Kutcher adonis appropriation are the women he encounters. I enter the film without too higher expectations. Although some aspects of the story were clearly unreal like the glamour and ease with which Ashton Kutcher picked up women , I thought that some things portrayed in Spread were rather accurate.
Part of this is through Nikki's eyes with the sense that everything in his life is perfect. It's fun and trashy and well made and you get to see bits of everyone not normally in the sunlight. The cast in the movie was good. The story line has some extraneous characters that muddle and muck up the story, and some are not as developed as could be, but all in all, for what it's intended for, it's a good escape. But I was actually surprised with this movie. Anne Heche is super hot in this movie.
Yet in spite of the film seeming simplicity, Spread has a lot more to offer than at first glance. If so, I had trouble reading it that way, and I think most of the credit for that is due to the headliner. The film is an adult film in both content and idea, however, it is a film definitely worth watching and I would recommend it to any adult with a interest in good film drama. To me it seems like he is going for a Hayden Christensen sorta thing. My suspicion is that it will have greater appeal for younger audiences, mainly because some of the scenes portray rampant levels of decadence that they'll be more likely to appreciate than those of us in our 40s. I must have missed the boat somewhere.
The film ends with a sad and depressing tone but isn't life like that at times? Nikki tries to make a commitment with Heather but in the end she chooses her own Sugar Daddy over him. At that point, I would have walked out and sold my golden body to the nearest female bidder. I was bored to tears right pass the middle. They become longer and gentler; more beautiful and loving. I thought this movie to be a comedy, as it was labeled such, so I was sort of waiting for a movie to make me laugh. The audience didn't really care much about him in the first place and the ending showed that.