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Overall Rating
2.65

Awesome: 6.25%
Worth A Look33.33%
Average: 6.25%
Pretty Bad: 27.08%
Total Crap: 27.08%

5 reviews, 18 user ratings


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Cut (2000)
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by Chris Parry

"Much as everyone tried, there's nothing here worth saving."
2 stars

Originality is fab. Australia had never had a teen slasher film before. Whether we needed one is open to debate. What we didn't need was to waste the opportunity to do something new and original with a script that is not even closing in on half-baked. Don't blame the actors, they gave it everything they had. Don't blame the soundtrack, that's all good. Blame the writer. Blame him a lot.

A bunch of film students decide to finish an unfinished horror film that had been shut down when those involved started to die. Decent premise, but that's where decency takes a little holiday and is temporarily replaced by shoddiness.

The cast crank. No blame goes near them. Molly Ringwald especially comes in for some close kudos, in a role that completely thumbs her nose at everything she is *assumed* to be. In playing a stuck up B-grade American import actress, she unloads a can of ham that shows she can do comedy beyond the John Hughes level. Jessica Napier, only young but a second generation veteran of Australian acting, is not only gorgeous (I've got such wood for that girl) but nicely underplayed and scream-free (Jen Love Hewitt, take note).

The effects aren't awful at all and given a better platform to base things on, this crew hot off The Matrix could have made this one scary film.

But the writing. Dear God, who would leave their name on this screenplay? Okay, sure, perhaps some good stuff got cut, such being the vagaries of indie film (especially in Australia), but dear God, find an ending next time.

Look, I wanted to support this film. I love Molly to death and love Jess Napier beyond that, but they're not at the wheel. Inasmuch as they've tried hard, the task before them is to fashion a pastry out of a wet, nutty dog turd. Good luck.

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User Comments

9/30/06 robin wel it was bad.........but hey what the hell it has kylie in it 5 stars
2/01/06 Mick predictable piece of shit. 1 stars
9/04/03 Charles Tatum Finally, a new spin on the slasher pic; Ringwald is a riot 4 stars
7/27/02 sdjfsdkjf what the fuck man. The dumb bastards who wrote it should be fucken strung up. 1 stars
7/25/02 lamar ferguson You lot have shite for brains ya fucking headcases - bar you taddy... 1 stars
10/31/01 Shane Robert Myers!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was good but, short & too predictable & at lest its have its moments than Urban Legend!! 4 stars
10/17/01 kerlie it is crap 1 stars
5/14/01 Basil Hated it. 1 stars
4/01/01 Jesse L Molly Ringwald is a horrible actress 1 stars
1/14/01 Sara Baxter This movie kicks ass, Go MOLLY!! 5 stars
11/29/00 jye kylie was grate 3 stars
8/24/00 Fishsticks Almost gets over its innoriginality by being forcefully keen. Kinda fun. 3 stars
8/17/00 neil bartlett lots of blood, no script, what a waste 2 stars
5/14/00 Fredrick okay but not great 3 stars
3/21/00 Courtney The Best 4 stars
3/14/00 manwithoutaface THIS WAS PATHETIC. How could anyone sit through it and come out happy? 1 stars
3/08/00 SwatchDog Ringwald steals the show, fantastic debut for aussie horror!! 5 stars
3/07/00 Joel Harwood TOP FLICK 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  15-Sep-2000 (R)

UK
  N/A

Australia
  02-Mar-2000 (MA)


Directed by
  Kimble Rendall

Written by
  David Warner

Cast
  Molly Ringwald
  Jessica Napier
  Kylie Minogue
  Simon Bossell
  Sarah Kants



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