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Cry Uncle!
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by iF Magazine

"This is a black comedy that delivers."
4 stars

While Iím sitting here waiting for my copy of EROTIC SURVIVOR to come in, I figure I might as well toss off a review of this splendid Troma release. CRY UNCLE!is that cinematic rarity, a film by an Academy Award winning director that features un-simulated fellatio.

Now that youíve gone and bought your copy let me tell ya bit about it.

Oh, before we get started let me just say that the script for the film is by David ďI wrote THE DARK CRYSTALĒ Odell and based on the novel LIE A LITTLE, DIE A LITTLE by Michael Brett.

CRY UNCLE!is the tale of Jake Masters (Allen Garfield), a smooth talking lady killer with a 262 pound body to boot -- heís so damn sexy even guys give him the once over.

Whenever Jake is on a case the case gets solved.

Seems some rich bloke is getting a little blackmail action and that donít fly if you got the dough to swat it. Now Jake has no problems doing the dirty work of figuring out who's doing the nasty and with the help of his trusty nephew and mysterious nymphomaniac Cora Merrill (Madeleine Le Roux), itís gonna be justice time for the two bit scums responsible.

Of course along the way Jake has to stop off for some serious loveín. Cause Jakeís not a guy who the ladies can resist Ö and resist they donít.

Yet itís not all easy laying and seed sowing for Jake. Seems somebodyís killing off the people Jake needs to question, and while roughín up dirt is O.K. in Jakeís book, murder is an entirely different story. Things start to close in Ö Will Jake be able to solve the big case and still see another sunrise? Or is this the last thing Jakeíll ever do?

All you need is money for a rental and a video store that doesnít suck, and you can find out.

While John Belushi might think John G. Avildsen didnít know crap about comedy, this film proves otherwise. Sure NEIGHBORS stinks up the screen, but that was then and this is even then-er.

Allen Garfield, always good, here turns Jake Masters into such a simpering whiner of a reluctant hero that itís a marvel to watch. While the other actors are fine in their various roles, its Allenís sly comic delivery -- he improvised many of his own lines -- and general disheveled-ness that make the film.

Avildsen (ROCKY, THE KARATE KID) directs the film with brevity and an unflinching eye that makes what could have been a run of the mill satire into a jaw dropping, gut busting descent into decadence. This is a black comedy that delivers.

CRY UNCLE! is presented uncut on DVD in 1:33:1, except for the opening credit sequence, which is letterboxed. Why Troma didnít release the entire feature in its original theatrical aspect ratio is anyoneís guess. However a Pan & Scan version of CRY UNCLE! is better then no version, so if you see Michael Herz or Lloyd Kaufman on the street, please donít beat them up Ö actually donít beat Lloyd up, Michael would probably kick your sorry ass in half a second.

The sound and picture quality are fair for this release.

As usual with Troma, the disc is packed with extras that mostly promote the company. However there are some nice touches, like a CRY UNCLE! reunion and informative commentary track featuring Avildsen. Plus thereís a nice opening skit in which Lloyd makes out with Avildsen and things degenerate to the level of hardcore ďall maleĒ pornography.

Oh, and a word to the not so wise: if you put the disc in your player upside down, it wonít work. So make sure you put the disc in correctly. Thatís very, very important. Now Iím off to Alaska to club baby seals so take care. -- Andrew Hershberger

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5/31/09 Josie Cotton is a goddess I found it mostly dull, but Llyod was funny as the drugged-out hippy 2 stars
1/07/08 mr.mike not bad , but some scenes run on too long. Also could'a done without seeing Garfield naked. 3 stars
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