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In the Cut (2003)

New York City writing professor, Frannie Avery, has an affair with a police detective, who is investigating the murder of a beautiful young woman in her neighborhood.

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Frannie's Young Father (as Micheal Nuccio)
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Young Father's Fiancee (as Alison Nega)
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Frannie Avery is a New York City inner city high school English teacher, whose passion is collecting words and phrases that interest her, either because of their meaning and/or just because of the way they sound. The way that she and her paternal half sister Pauline Avery, her closest confidante, deal with men and sex has largely been affected by their father, who is working on marrying wife number five. Frannie thinks about sex more than she has it. Her lack of a sex life is further exacerbated by being the object of obsession of James Graham, a man with who she had a few casual dates and two sexual encounters, which has made her even more cautious. This complete experience is why she has a somewhat inappropriate, albeit non-sexual relationship with Cornelius Webb, one of her students. She eventually embarks on a sexual relationship with NYPD Homicide Detective Giovanni Malloy, who, along with his partner Detective Ritchie Rodriguez, are investigating the murder of a young woman, ... Written by Huggo

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Everything you know about desire is dead wrong.

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Mystery | Thriller

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Rated R for strong sexuality including explicit dialogue, nudity, graphic crime scenes and language | See all certifications »

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31 October 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

En carne viva  »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$97,625 (USA) (24 October 2003)

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$4,717,455 (USA) (21 November 2003)
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1.85 : 1
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The Unrated Version is notorious for a scene where fellatio is witnessed by Meg Ryan's character, although it was later revealed in the film commentary, that the actress was using a rubber prop. See more »

Goofs

55 & 1/2 minutes into the film: Frannie and Cornelius are outside the Baby Doll bar and saying goodbye as Frannie is going upstairs to visit Pauline. He takes Frannie's left hand and kisses it but in the next shot he's holding her right hand. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Pauline: What does "broccoli" mean"?
Frannie: Depends on the context. Pubic hair or marijuana. It's a noun.
Pauline: And "Virginia"?
Frannie: Vagina. As in, "He penetrated her Virginia with a hammer".
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Crazy Credits

Thank you fabulous Kevin Bacon!!! and "Mayor" Harvey Keitel. See more »

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Referenced in Favouritism: Julian Clary's Showbiz Hissy Fits (2005) See more »

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Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)
Music by Norman Whitfield
Lyrics by Barrett Strong
Performed by The Temptations
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painfully bad
27 July 2004 | by (stamford, ct) – See all my reviews

I had low expectations as I thought the book was overrated but this was so much worse than I thought possible. The whole movie made me squirm it was so awful. The dialogue is terrible, there is no motivation behind ANY of the actions or words of any of the characters. The sex scenes were uncomfortable, not sexy. Every word spoken by the 2 cops was cringe inducing. Nothing rings true and there isn't a likeable character in the whole movie. There is no suspense, no tension. And while Meg's body looked fine her face looked awful.

Jane Campion owes her an apology. The worst movie I have seen in years.


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