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Quid Pro Quo

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Carlos Brooks

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About the Movie

A man who can't walk meets a woman who envies his condition in this offbeat black comedy. Isaac Knott (Nick Stahl) lost the use of his legs when he was eight years old in an auto accident that also claimed the lives of his parents. Despite being confined to a wheelchair, Isaac has enjoyed a successful career as the host of a talk show on a New York City public radio outlet. One day, Isaac is told an odd story about a man who arrived at a local hospital and demanded to have his legs amputated; the man was part of a secret subculture of able-bodied folks who wish to be paraplegics, using wheelchairs when they can and attempting to deaden their legs through artificial means. Isaac becomes fascinated with the idea of these wannabes, and begins studying the phenomenon for a piece on his show. Isaac's research leads him to Fiona (Vera Farmiga), a sexy but mysterious blonde who collects and restores Chinese art. Fiona is also the owner of a wheelchair she doesn't really need, and Isaac, who is increasingly attracted to her, wants to know all about her role in the fake-paraplegic underground. However, Fiona isn't about to give away any of her secrets for free, and Isaac discovers that the exchange of information and trust goes deeper the longer they know one another. The first feature film from writer and director Carlos Brooks, Quid Pro Quo received its premiere at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 35
  • Fresh: 21
  • Rotten: 14
  • Average Rating: 5.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Quid Pro Quo hovers in a noir-shaded twilight zone where repressed memories and guilt merge in an obsession with physical and emotional paralysis. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: An exceedingly odd meeting of the minds (and bodies) occurs in Quid Pro Quo, a strikingly original and provocative first feature from scribe-helmer Carlos Brooks. – Justin Chang, Variety, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Brooks tiptoes into territory Luis Bunuel would have frolicked in, but he does so without the master surrealist's desire to outrage and confound his viewers. – Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: The movie exerts a certain appeal without ever being convincing. – Andrew O'Hehir,, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Beyond a Doubt, the strangest movie I have ever seen, and not in a good way.

This movie is totally and utterly predictable and too bizarre to be enjoyable. It is so obvious who the blonde is from their first conversation. They tried to make it even more surprising than that, but they failed ultimately because of the lack of emotion in the ending. If they added a few nude scenes I might have been more satisfied. Vera Farmiga is one of the hottest actresses out there. Yet, even that might have been strange due to the 'disabled' theme of the movie. The best scene of the movie for me was when he was going around town in his wheelchair with the nice background music. Very Simon and Garfunkel esque. Other than this this movie really sucked. I get the message of the movie - that painful events or memories can make people do strange things. That was interesting to think about. I just wish they would have made it more mysterious or a bit scary somehow. At the beginning Farmiga does make some scary looking wide eyed faces. However, the characters are mainly just calm throughout the movie. No emotion whatsoever. Is that how people would really act? No, they wouldn't. Avoid this movie and rent something else. If you like Vera Farmiga, try watching Dummy, a comedy. It is one of the best movies I have ever seen. This movie is just a plain letdown.

Quid Pro Quo

I loved the movie because it makes you think and focus on the acting. Its not the kind of movie for people who have become desensitized by sex and violence or for people who are used to movies being dumbed down for them.

Quid Pro Quo
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2008

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