(Reviewed by Stephen Snart).
Released quietly on a handful of screens in select markets this past June, Quid Pro Quo offers the potentially provocative story of a journalist who uncovers a group of able-bodied people who pretend or desire to be disabled. But writer/director Carlos Brooks handles the subject matter in a somber and cautious manner, perhaps even to the point of indolence. It’s been compared to David Cronenberg’s Crash (1996) but – for better or worse – features none of the seediness or shock of that film.
The lead character, Isaac (played by able-bodied actor Nick Stahl from HBO’s Carnivale, is himself a paraplegic. As a boy, he was the victim of a car accident that proved fatal for his mother and father. He’s been a wheelchair-user ever since and while that hasn’t impeded his career as a radio journalist, it has become an obstacle for his love life.