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In the Cut (2003)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Pauline
... Frannie Avery
Michael Nuccio ... Frannie's Young Father (as Micheal Nuccio)
Allison Nega ... Young Father's Fiancee (as Alison Nega)
Dominick Aries ... Attentive Husband
Susan Gardner ... Perfect Wife
... Cornelius Webb
... Detective Ritchie Rodriguez
... Angela Sands
Daniel T. Booth ... Luther Wilker Red Turtle Bartender
... Frannie's Student (as Yaani King)
... Frannie's Student
... Frannie's Student
... Frannie's Student (as Zack Wegner)
... Detective Giovanni A. Malloy
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Everything you know about desire is dead wrong.

Genres:

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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Pathé [France] | Sony Pictures

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31 October 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

En carne viva  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$97,625, 26 October 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,750,602

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,726,793
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1.85 : 1
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Mickey Rourke was initially considered for a supporting role, however his involvement was allegedly vetoed by Nicole Kidman on the strength of Rourke's wild reputation. Rourke has stated in interviews that he was disappointed by this, as he believes it would have fast tracked his comeback. See more »

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Franny gets on the A train at W 4 St (you can read the sign on the pole before the train pulls in). As she is getting on the train, the wall behind her says "Church", a different stop. 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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Filmed 100% in New York city. See more »

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Featured in The Pervert's Guide to Cinema (2006) See more »

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Waiting in Vain
Written by Bob Marley
Performed by Annie Lennox
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Woozy psycho-sexual thriller isn't preoccupied with logic or even with being seamless...
9 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

Half-baked, underwritten crime drama-cum-sexual thriller has Meg Ryan playing mousy English teacher in NYC attracted to a handsome homicide investigator on a serial murder case, one that has left body parts in Ryan's yard (and yet this barely fazes her!). Sub-plots involving Ryan's half-sister (Jennifer Jason Leigh, trying hard with a bad part), ex-boyfriend (an unbilled Kevin Bacon), her students, her job, and her fetish for the English vocabulary go absolutely nowhere. Meg, trying for an understated seriousness--but mostly just looking unhappy--gives a fairly brave and intriguing performance, and it's interesting to see her in these jittery, sordid surroundings, but the plot is alternately off-putting and curiously morbid; it's a fascinating misfire. Nicole Kidman co-produced (and perhaps was in line to star in the film herself), but Ryan does as good a job as any actress might have in the role. **1/2 from ****


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