"When Harry Met Sally's" sweetheart meets the erotic thriller genre.  Those of you who have
always wanted to see Meg Ryan break out of her shell as a romantic comedy actress and get
naughty, well, here’s your chance.

2003’s "In the Cut" directed by Jane Campion and based on the critically acclaimed novel of
the same title by Susanne Moore is a sexually charged bloodbath.

I’m the Ranting Usher.  Let me talk you to your seat.

Meg Ryan delivers an understated performance as Frannie Avery, an internal, soft-spoken
woman who has an affair with a Manhattan homicide detective during a murder
investigation.  The story is rich in nuances and character development.    

Frannie carries a slang dictionary.  She also jots down poems and limericks that she sees
printed on the subway walls.  Slang terms like “broccoli” and “Virginia,” and poems like “the
still waters of the water under a frond of stars, the still waters of your mouth under a thicket
of kisses,” are referenced in only a few fleeting scenes.  It helps to pay close attention.

These touches add dimension and depth to Meg Ryan’s character and help to make the film
more interesting and thought provoking.

The dialogue is crisp and possesses a sharp rhythm that creates tension.

The film’s subject matter is belied by a light-hearted score composed by Hilmar Orn
Hilmarsson.  it deceives you into a smug sense of security before the suspense breaks.  

If you’re like me, you anticipate that tragedy is going to strike ten minutes in, but the most
crucial murders are never actually shown, only their aftermath.  Shock value is one element
the movie sorely lacks.    

"In the Cut" is a rainbow of reds and oranges, lending a sense of style to a film that
otherwise would have been too dark to watch.  To me, they seemed to represent intensity
and craving, but they may vary in the eyes of the beholder.

The film’s greatest strength is that it oozes substance without diluting the basic plot, a rare
quality that can be achieved when a renowned director collaborates with a successful

Following "In the Cut", Meg Ryan has starred in numerous romantic television series.  
Regardless how steamy the scenes were that Ryan performed with Mark Ruffalo or where
she might go from here, nothing will ever take the thunder out of this classic scene.
I'm the Ranting Usher.  Let me talk you out of the gutter and back into society.
Do you agree with my review?  Did Meg Ryan do a good job stepping out of her niche?  
Should she have stayed where she was?  Let me know in the comments section.
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