Quid Pro Quo
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Its biggest mystery is how it was financed (by Texas trillionaire and Dallas Maverick owner Mark Cuban, no less) and selected for distribution."
‑ Reyhan Harmanci, San Francisco Chronicle
"This warped masochistic cousin to David Cronenberg's Crash - not to be confused with the Oscar winner of the same name -- is well worth seeing for Farmiga's stunning performance."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"In fact, "Quid Pro Quo" is not at all funny, merely occasionally sarcastic, its plot a succession of half-baked pop-psych speculations and its dialogue a glib sampling of sub-Diablo Cody incredibility"
‑ Leo Goldsmith, indieWIRE
"By far the movie's strong suit is Farmiga, who gives an astonishingly layered performance,"
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"An obscure and terrifying mental disorder leads a reporter to the strangest and then the most terrifying story of his life. A neat film noir in a very modern setting amongst people who are not all there."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"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
"While a good director can spin a worthy movie from any subject, first-timer Carlos Brooks does surprisingly little with the jaw-dropper of a topic he chose."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Strikingly original and spectacularly twisted, Quid Pro Quo is a gem. Two outstanding performances from Nick Stahl and Vera Farmiga provide riveting viewing"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"Very deftly made, with some lovely cinematography and two quirky, engaging lead performances, it's a satisfying debut."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"This odd little fugue of a movie would be implausible, even laughable, if it weren't also marvelously played, visually composed and plotted with the utmost cunning."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
"The movie exerts a certain appeal without ever being convincing."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"If you were a fan of David Cronenberg's Crash, you might just be the target audience for Quid Pro Quo, a perverse psychological drama about able-bodied people who yearn to become disabled."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"has the best "middle" I've seen in a long time"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"An outsider adventure strictly for the very open-minded, presenting the numbness of paralysis, ironically, as a potential source of paroxysms of pleasure."
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"The film is lightest on its feet when it shakes off the Red Shoe Diaries foreboding for moments of sly irony"
‑ Amy Nicholson, Boxoffice Magazine
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