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Desperate for a good story, The Escort, a romantic comedy about a sex-addicted journalist who throws himself into the world of high-class escorts when he starts following a Stanford-educated prostitute.
The characters don't have conversations so much as helpfully recite their back stories, and the long-buried secret is soon so obvious that the movie's last-act hysteria feels forced and a little ridiculous.
In the hands of a director who knew less about how to stage dialog this would have been a bit talky and feel like a lot of soap opera melodrama. Stone takes what could have been taken as exaggeration and leaves it with a realistic feel.
The Daughter offers a good but sadly wasted cast, obscured in the eye-rubbing mist of a foggy Down Under countryside and struggling to rise above the sludge of a basic soap opera with literary pretensions.