The Spread world premiere has been announced for Saturday, January 17 at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
Set in modern day Los Angeles, Spread is a hard biting story about a high-end lothario, Nikki (Ashton Kutcher), who has slept his way into a life of privilege. He shares his secrets with us as he hosts parties and beds scores of women, all while living it up at the Hollywood Hills home of a middle-aged female attorney, Samantha (Anne Heche). Everything is going swimmingly until Nikki meets a gorgeous waitress named Heather (Margarita Levieva), who, unbeknownst to him, is playing the same game that he is. As the truth of their life unravels, they find themselves sexually charged by a game of one-upsmanship that has them dining at fine restaurants and crashing posh parties, until the truth of their lives forces them to choose between love and money. Inspired by classics like Shampoo, Breakfast at Tiffanys, and America Gigolo, Spread profiles a sexual grifter and his prey.
Los Angeles serves as a character unto its own in this film, providing slick and luxurious backdrops during Nikkis high times, and seedy, fleabag motels when Nikki has nowhere else to turn. Nikki runs the gambit of Hollywood dreams and nightmares. The supporting cast is comprised of gorgeous women like Emily (Rachel Blanchard), who is drawn in by Nikkis good looks and charm but is left feeling cold and used. Nikkis best friend, Harry (Sebastian Stan), struggles with their co-dependant relationship, always needing to bail Nikki out when he runs out of women to depend on.
Directed by David Mackenzie (Hallam Foe, Young Adam), Spread is an iconic look at the lure of sex, money, and access that Hollywood offers to the beautiful people, and the karmic price that Nikki must ultimately pay to live that lifestyle.
"Spread" is a fresh, funny, and racy look at the trials and tribulations of sleeping your way to a life of privilege in Los Angeles. Comic and karmic, the film is an immorality tale about a gorgeous guy who gives women what they want in order to live exactly as he likes.
In "Spread", Nikki (Ashton Kutcher) isnt a gigolo. Hes a sexual grifter, 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 citys 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. Its a mutually beneficial set-up.
Nikkis latest conquest is Samantha (Anne Heche), a stunning middle-aged lawyer who gives him more than hes ever had before. But then he meets a gorgeous waitress his own age named Heather (Margarita Levieva). She comes to visit Nikki at Samanthas house while Samantha is out of town, sees what an incredible place it is and comes to the mistaken conclusion its his. Unbeknownst to Nikki, Heather lives by playing the same game.
When Samantha comes home, she discovers Nikkis infidelity and hes 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 grifts, and they unexpectedly begin falling in love the one thing they cant 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. [D-Man2010]