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Spread is a 2009 film starring Ashton Kutcher and Anne Heche and directed by David Mackenzie. The film was released under the name L.A. Gigolo in Denmarkmarker, Finlandmarker, Norwaymarker, and Swedenmarker, as Toy Boy in Francemarker and Germanymarker, American Playboy in Spainmarker and S-Lover in South Koreamarker. The film was released on 17 January at the Sundance Film Festival and was released on August 14, 2009 in theaters. It is due for UK release on January 1, 2010



Nikki (Ashton Kutcher) isn’t a gigolo. He’s a sexual drifter, a fun-loving, freeloading hipster who understands his greatest assets are his looks and sexual prowess, which he uses to charm his way into the hearts of the city’s richest women and enjoy their lifestyle. Nikki gets a free place to live, fantastic gifts, A-list access, and plenty of sex. The women get to feel young, beautiful… and utterly fulfilled in the bedroom. It’s a mutually beneficial set-up.

Nikki’s latest conquest is Samantha (Anne Heche), a stunning middle-aged lawyer who gives him more than he’s ever had before. But then he meets a gorgeous waitress his own age named Heather (Margarita Levieva). She comes to visit Nikki at Samantha’s house while Samantha is out of town, sees what an incredible place it is… and comes to the mistaken conclusion it’s his. Unbeknownst to Nikki, Heather lives by playing the same game.

When Samantha comes home, she discovers Nikki’s infidelity and he’s put out on the street. With nowhere else to turn, Nikki pulls out all the stops to win Heather over and they begin to form their own kind of bond. Sexually charged by a game of one-upsmanship, each shows the other their best gifts, and they, as expected, begin falling in love – the one thing they can’t do in the life they lead. Soon, the truth of their unfolding relationship forces a choice between love and money, and Nikki has to decide whether he can live on his own once and for all in the hopes of finding something real.


Critical reception

Spread received generally negative reviews from critics. At Rotten Tomatoes the movie rated an aggregate score of 13% positive reviews, noting that, "Despite occasional detours into surprisingly dark territory, Spread overall is an ineffectual celebration of vacuous Los Angeles high life rather than a deconstruction of it.".

Box office

The film was released on Friday, August 14, 2009, box office grossed $ 250,618 in the U.S. and $ 4,983,443 worldwide.


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