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Pretty When You Cry (2001)

A wife is caught in a web of sex and violence.


Jack N. Green (as Jack Green)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Elliott ... Detective Lukas Black
Jamie Kennedy ... Albert Straka
Carlton Elizabeth ... Sara Carreni
Michael Cavalieri ... Frank Carreni
Lori Heuring ... Emily
Keith David ... Detective Charles Desett
Bridget Ellen Bridget Ellen ... Tina
Nick Swardson ... Shaun
Michael Philip Michael Philip ... Jim
Ancorneil Ancorneil ... Mrs. Shay
Karen Bailey Karen Bailey ... Marlene
Jonny Van Okur Jonny Van Okur ... Wayne
Ruta Lee ... Antique Store Patron
Robert Harvey ... Detective Tableau
Aaron Zuber Aaron Zuber ... Psychotic Criminal


A wife is caught in a web of sex and violence.

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Don't play with fire


Thriller | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong perverse sexuality, drug use, language and violence | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

27 November 2001 (USA) See more »

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Season's Greetings See more »

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Gebbia Entertainment See more »
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Dolby Digital


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The scene combining sex and violence earned the film an "NC-17" rating. The scene was trimmed and the film was re-rated "R". See more »

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could've called this one "Shot in the Dark"
6 December 2001 | by 12-stringSee all my reviews

Schlemiel falls in love with screwed-up junkie slut and gets involved with murder. The story unfolds in flashback. If you can't figure out what part Sam Elliott's character has in all this, you must have gotten an F in Plotting 102. A (very) little bit of NYPD BLUE type nudity for those who care, but this is no erotic thriller by any stretch.

Script is awful (writer is also producer -- it always pays to bring the ball), but performances would probably be OK in a high school play with a lot of bondage sex, cursing, sexual violence, and drug use. (The 12-stringer doesn't object to any of those except when they're handled as poorly as they are here.) Femme lead Carlton Elizabeth looks like a model and tries hard with what there is. It's not her fault that she's styled and shot throughout as if she's badly in need of a) a bath, b) a meal, and c) an implant reset.

Grimy, shot-in-the-dark film may look better on big screen, but I've only seen it on HBO in tv ratio and was reaching for a flashlight by the second reel. Aggressively unappealing characters and who-cares plot torpedo this one quickly. Not likely to be on anyone's resumé this time next year, but a sure bet to run on HBO as often as they carry SPACEHUNTER: ADVENTURES IN THE FORBIDDEN ZONE.

On a scale of 1-10, 1 from the 12-stringer, but I still think there should be a 0 category.

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