'Prostitute' is tame fare

September 11, 1991|By Dallas Morning News

"The Last Prostitute" is a mildly engaging drama that would find a better audience as an "ABC Afterschool Special" than as a prime-time movie (9 tonight) on Lifetime, a cable channel geared to women.

It's a coming-of-age story of two teen-age boys who are growing -- but in opposite directions. Wil Wheaton ("Stand By Me") plays Danny Wainwright, who ditches summer camp to travel cross-country in search of a legendary prostitute. He has been told all sorts of tall tales about the hooker, and the tales grow as he and buddy Burt Jackson (David Kaufman) trek by car, truck and foot from Ohio to Texas to satisfy their hormonal urges.

They are disappointed to find that Loah, played by Brazilian-born actress Sonia Braga, is now fortyish, retired from her call-girl days and the owner of a horse-breeding farm.

With their hormones still very much in charge, the boys talk their way into staying on as farmhands for three weeks, just long enough to cover their we're-at-camp lie, finish out the breeding season and learn something about love, pain and loyalty.

Lifetime's older audiences will find "The Last Prostitute" quite tame. But young audiences will see it as a bit more engaging -- something of an adventurous "Stand by Me" with the added allure of sex.

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