Love Ranch (2010)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  6 January 2011 (Netherlands)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.6/10 from 2,329 users   Metascore: 37/100
Reviews: 16 user | 49 critic | 23 from

A drama centered around a married couple who opened the first legal brothel in Nevada.



Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $7.99 on Amazon Video

1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Animation | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A fairytale about a grand life journey of a 10-year old boy Savva devoted to help his Mom and fellow village people to break free from the vicious hyenas.

Director: Maksim Fadeev
Stars: Olga Seryabkina, Konstantin Khabenskiy, Armen Dzhigarkhanyan
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A mob bagman finds that his luggage, containing the proof of his latest hit, has been switched.

Director: Tom Schulman
Stars: Joe Pesci, Andy Comeau, Kristy Swanson
Gone Fishin' (1997)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Two fishing fanatics get in trouble when their fishing boat gets stolen while on a trip.

Director: Christopher Cain
Stars: Joe Pesci, Danny Glover, Rosanna Arquette
Drama | History | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The tumultuous early history of the Central Intelligence Agency is viewed through the prism of one man's life.

Director: Robert De Niro
Stars: Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A failing star is faced with a life-style change when her rich husband suddenly dies while they are en route to Italy. She then sets off in a series of flings with gigolos found for her by ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Allan Ackerman
Stars: Helen Mirren, Olivier Martinez, Anne Bancroft
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A true-story account of a German businessman who saved more than 200,000 Chinese during the Nanjing massacre in 1937-38.

Director: Florian Gallenberger
Stars: Ulrich Tukur, Daniel Brühl, Steve Buscemi
A Little Help (2010)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A woman gets entangled in a series of bizarre lies in order to take care of herself and her 12 year old son.

Director: Michael J. Weithorn
Stars: Jenna Fischer, Jay Klaitz, Daniel Yelsky
Action | Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A group of ex-rough riders, an ex-prostitute and a gunfighter enter a horse race in the desert.

Director: Richard Brooks
Stars: Gene Hackman, Candice Bergen, James Coburn
Brighton Rock (2010)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Charts the headlong fall of Pinkie, a razor-wielding disadvantaged teenager with a religious death wish.

Director: Rowan Joffe
Stars: Sam Riley, Andrea Riseborough, Helen Mirren
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Neighborhood kid goes to work for the Mafia as a debt collector.

Director: Ralph De Vito
Stars: Joe Cortese, Lou Criscuolo, Joe Pesci
Crime | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Jimmy Alto is an actor wannabe who stumbles into the role of a lifetime. He becomes a vigilante crime-fighter, aided by his sidekick William, who has suffered a head wound and has problems ... See full summary »

Director: Barry Levinson
Stars: Joe Pesci, Christian Slater, Victoria Abril
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A Women's Institute chapter's fundraising effort for a local hospital by posing nude for a calendar becomes a media sensation.

Director: Nigel Cole
Stars: Helen Mirren, Julie Walters, Penelope Wilton


Cast overview, first billed only:
Armando Bruza
James Pettis
Tom Macy
Warren Stamp
Johnny Cortez
Hernan Prado (as Raoul Trujillo)


In the mid-70s, near Reno, Grace Bontempo runs the Love Ranch, a legal brothel. Her husband Charlie, with big dreams, a felony record, and an aptitude for spending and infidelity, is the brothel's public face. On the day Grace's doctor tells her she has cancer in an advanced state, Charlie takes on new client, Argentine boxer Armando Bruza, Charlie's ticket to fame: he hopes to promote a fight with Ali. Because of Charlie's felonies, Grace is Bruza's titular manager. With the IRS and the church ladies circling the business, Grace takes the manager's role seriously and, along the way, Bruza charms her. Secrets play out: is there love at the Love Ranch? How will Charlie respond? Written by <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


A Story About Money, Power, Murder... And The One Thing That Makes The World Go Round. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, pervasive language and some violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:




Release Date:

6 January 2011 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Havat ha'ahava  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$60,353 (USA) (2 July 2010)


$134,904 (USA) (23 July 2010)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:


| (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Charlie Bontempo (Joe Pesci) says to Grace Bontempo (Helen Mirren) after she's criticized his hat: "Who do you think you are, the queen of England?" Helen Mirren played Elizabeth II in The Queen (2006), and also Elizabeth I in the TV mini-series by the same name. See more »


After Grace kicks Bruza out of her car, she drives to his trailer park where we see a small satellite dish attached to one of the trailers, but mini dishes weren't used by private residences in 1976. See more »


[first lines]
Grace Bontempo: Selling love will make your rich. That's what my mother taught me. Just don't put your heart in it.
See more »


My Devotion
Written by Roc Hillman & Johnny Napton
Performed by Keely Smith
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

No raunch in this ranch makes movie a dull boy
26 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Love Ranch fooled me but good. For some reason, I was picturing a raucous, raunchy comedy about a legal brothel run by Joe Pesci and Helen Mirren. But it's not really that way at all; no, this is a standard-issue melodrama about an abusive misogynist who runs his part of the world, his steely wife who runs the business side of the things, and the hapless pro boxer who gets mixed up with them. It's not funny because it's not supposed to be, and that's kind of sad; there's potential for laughs, but in the end all you get are clichés and bad character choices.

Charlie (Pesci) and Grace (Mirren) Bontempo open up the first legal brothel in Nevada. She's the daughter of a prostitute, he's done a stretch in San Quentin. It's the 1970s. They have a pretty good setup for themselves; good-looking women, steady clients, and the law on their side (and in their pockets). They don't want for much, seemingly. Then Charlie, a hotheaded tempest in a teacup if ever there was one, gets the idea that they'll garner more respect (or, more accurately, he will) if they own a successful professional boxer. So he buys the contract of one Armando Bruza, an up-and-coming Argentinian, much to Grace's chagrin. Charlie's banking on his guy doing well in his next fight, based on the rumor that Muhammed Ali would take on the winner.

Here, Pesci plays a slightly watered-down version of Tommy DeVito from Goodfellas. He's foul mouthed, ill tempered, not very bright about a great many things, and seems to survive on chutzpah and the good grace of, well, Grace. Naturally, being the proprietor of a brothel has its privileges, and Charlie samples the wares with some regularity, an occurrence that Grace idly tolerates. When she's asked to become Bruza's manager - as a felon, Charlie can't get a license - she's reluctant, but the swarthy boxer has other ideas. And so it goes.

Now, there's nothing inherently wrong with predictability. If I expect A to happen, and A happens, that's okay - as long as A wasn't spelled out as a fait accompli. If I expect A to happen, but B happens, that is also okay - as long as B is plausible. Here, I expect A to happen, and A happens, and it's obvious from almost the start of the movie that A will happen. This extends to character development as well. If a character does something, say, out of character (!), that's fine - as long as it propels the plot AND makes some bit of sense. Otherwise, it's just a ploy to get me to keep watching. In this movie, Charlie's character is so one-dimensional that when he makes an attempt to be lovey-dovey with Grace it's not even remotely believable. I can blame Pesci a little for this, but it just seem as if he had much to work with.

And for a movie that uses a brothel as its main background, there's very little naughty stuff going on; they may as well have set it in a video store, if those still existed. There's a side plot about some high-and-mighty moral compass waging a war against the legal brothel, but it's barely touched upon, pardon the pun. (The other puns are unpardonable.) The plot just bounces around from issue to issue, circling the main story threat of Bruza, Grace, and Charlie. The result is sometimes maudlin and hackneyed and other terms writers use to describe crappy writing.

2 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Joe Pesci's Back!!! saving_agav1
PICTURES ON SET?! Rockabilly_chick24
Going to Fail... wheresbubbleboy526
Filming in Reno Renee70
This Movie is just plain BAD gaquist
Trailer kelly_rickman_snape
Discuss Love Ranch (2010) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: