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June 22, 2010

Trailer Trash Talking - Vol#7 by Kristen Grillo

Love Ranch- Directed by: Taylor Hackford Starring: Helen Mirren, Joe Pesci, Gina Gershon Release Date: June 30, 2010 (limited)

Greetings, followers. It’s been a while. And I’ve missed you (sort of).

So, speaking of feelings of longing, a few weeks back on a brisk, spring evening, I caught a sweet, little Joe Pesci marathon on the tube. Goodfellas was playing on AMC (for most likely, the 56th time that week) while Showtime was playing Casino, my personal favorite out of the two. Like a swift, channel surfing genius, I found myself watching the two side by side. I also found myself asking… “where the fuck IS Joe Pesci?” It was that moment that I realized how much I missed the little creature.

Well, have no fear. He’s been found….

“There’s no business like hoeeeeee business!” Ahhh…doesn’t it feel good to see his face again?. Even if it is lookin’ a little weather beaten.

Based on “true events” (that’s actually code word for 98.6% fictional), Love Ranch is about Charlie & Grace Botempo, a husband and wife duo (Pesci & Mirren) who own and run Nevada’s first ever hoe house. Set in the late 1970’s, all in all is pretty much business as usual until Charlie hires Armando Bruza, a famous heavy weight boxer (played by newbie Sergio Peris–Mencheta) who comes to the ranch to train as part of the Charlie’s growing entrepreneurial efforts. Bruza apparently has the cougar fever and pursues Charlie’s bride which then erupts into an unforeseen love triangle, causing madness and mayhem in hooker paradise.

While not so fresh at the surface (and I ain’t talkin’ about the hoes, folks), it’s the key players that make Love Ranch so appealing. Pesci’s on screen return has certainly got my juices flowing & Mirren is fantastic in anything that she does. I am pretty excited about this one. Now, I know that might not be enough reassurance for some of you but you should really consider the “Over 60 & Sexy” hotness that is the Dame Helen Mirren. Y’all know who you are. And if old broads ain’t yer bag, there’s always Gina Gershon. “Hoein’ it up since 1991,” - a tagline that I’m sure is pretty much listed somewhere on her resume. Or maybe it’s “Nobody does hoe better.” Whatever.

KMG’s Anticipation Grade – Love Ranch: B+


  1. WOW. I didn't even hear they were filming this. Great find KMG!

    Looks like it deserves a viewing for sure. Oh Joe I've missed you.

  2. Nice review! DEF going to see this one!

  3. This looks good. If it doesn't get bogged down in cheesy period-piece flash, it could be an excellent movie. Acting looks great.

  4. She's back... she is back!!! Kmg is back... and were the two best friends that anyones ever had... sorry, I was getting my Hangover on!!!! Missed ya KMG, good job son!!!