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Media Review: Good Luck to You, Leo Grande

Updated: Nov 1, 2023


I had high hopes for Good Luck to You, Leo Grande; the trailer portrayed a light-hearted, good faith vision of a sex worker and his client, upending tropes about what a sex worker can and should be. And for the first hour it mostly was, representing Leo as an intelligent, interesting man who is fulfilled by his work. Ultimately, though, while the film does tell a necessary story about an older woman’s sexuality, it relies on the same harmful tropes it promised to subvert, using a sex worker as a pawn and depriving him of agency to add a scandalous edge to her narrative.

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