In the Cut Reviews
Ryan steps aside from her "sweet girl" routine to play Frannie, an English teacher and writer in a grim high school in Manhattan's lower side. Torn with teaching difficult teens and several loose ends of her own, her situation becomes even more tedious when she becomes involved romantically with a hunky detective hot on the trail of a serial killer. A witness to a dirty act seeming to involve the same perpetrator, she becomes compelled to risk her own safety and grows instantly flirtatious with not only him, but other men who come into the picture (she is a bit slutty, actually). But will her knowledge and bravery lead to the end of this sicko and the gruesome murders, which claimed the life of her best friend and possibly others to come?
This kind of story is awfully tough to take and could use some work in the storytelling department, though it certainly is compelling, nevertheless and is performed with expertise by the whole cast. The steamy sex scenes may be considered a highlight for some perverted viewers and reveal several full frontal nude shots of the leads...though only the unrated version on DVD contains most of this. Based on a novel and directed by Jane Campion, who appears in a cameo as a waitress. Nicole Kidman originally was going to play the lead, but decided to co-produce instead. Look for Kevin Bacon in an unbilled role.
The director dared to take a journey into a loveless sexual realm of an affectless woman seeking violent pleasure from her liaisons. Such a bold attempt entails drawing an in-depth emotional character study, but it fails to do so. Rather, the director chose to plunge headlong into the steamy side, where we see Meg Ryan masturbating, exposing her boobs and buttocks, and having sex with our detective boy!!! The resulting erotic and emotional imbalance gives the movie the feel of a crappy soft-porn. What about serial killer shit? It's another disaster.. Without exception, all men with whom Meg Ryan associates may turn out to be the serial killer!! What a coincidence... The more ridiculous is that we don't know any of those suspects and don't have any snippet of idea about their motives to dismember all the hotties around!!! The worst of all, the sheer stupidity of the characters and the brainless way they are portrayed are another cinematic achievement.. Oh, almost forget the secret of a three of spades!!!
To sum up, "In the Cut" is remotely convincing as a thriller, nothing but a sleazy work of its genre.