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Overall Rating
4.2

Awesome45.71%
Worth A Look: 40%
Average: 5.71%
Pretty Bad: 5.71%
Total Crap: 2.86%

2 reviews, 23 user ratings


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Crying Game, The
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by Chris Wilson

"Where is the love? Lost in IrelandÖ"
4 stars

If youíve never seen The Crying Game and you enjoy a drama that stirs around politics, human nature and sexual identity, this is definitely a film to see. Summing up the plot would really spoil some central elements of the movie, so Iíll throw out a few key words: guilt debt, commitment, love, gender, IRA. If none of these sound like your bag of popcorn (and donít expect Patriot Games; the IRA involvement in the story isnít very big) then youíre better off looking elsewhere for your entertainment needs.

If youíre still with me it should mean youíre still interested in see The Crying Game. And thatís fine. I just have a few reservations about the movie that made it not as amazing as a lot of people make it out to be. This is going to be excruciatingly vague to avoid spoiling anything, which will also make it difficult to follow.

Toward the beginning of the film, IRA soldier Fergus (a great performance from Stephen Rea) is ordered to carry out an assignment heís opposed to. If he doesnít do it, heíll most likely be killed. So, to save Fergus from being killed and to also save him from going against his morals, writer / director Neil Jordan throws an outrageous contrivance to allow the plot to keep going. It takes care of the IRA assignment and puts Fergus into hiding in London. I recognize that the contrivance was necessary but thatís not the same as being well written or well executed.

An even bigger complaint I have is how the IRA ties into things: it doesnít. The film isnít about the politics of north Ireland at all. The inclusion seemed almost like a marketing scheme, a way of attracting people who otherwise wouldnít be interested in the film. I found the few gunfights and explosions that do occur simply distracting. Even worse, the fact that Fergus is supposed to be an IRA soldier makes it hard to believe some of his actions.

My main problem with The Crying Game is how, in the end, it really pulls its big punch. This is a movie about whether or not gender really matters. But instead of having Fergus make a decision on the matter, heís taken out of the situation. He makes a decision of sorts, but not one that sheds any light on the controversy.

This isnít the type of movie thatís meant to be reviewed. Itís really meant to be discussed. And if you enjoy discussing a difficult film, this one is rife with content. Just know that it has its shortcomings as well and definitely isnít for everyone.

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User Comments

2/16/14 PAUL SHORTT SUPERB, ENTERTAINING, WELL MADE MYSTERY WITH SOME GREAT PERFORMANCES 4 stars
6/03/12 mr.mike Not a minute of film is wasted. 5 stars
9/24/10 Dr.Lao One of the few movies out there that does everything right 5 stars
11/05/09 Mary Gender identity is glossed over to stay mainstream, never completely addressed. 3 stars
10/15/09 Jeff Wilder Emotionally and intellectually affecting. 4 stars
10/15/07 fools♫gold Anything that's as thoughtful and interesting as this goes goes by too fast. 5 stars
9/10/07 action movie fan slow, dull, uminteresting skip it 2 stars
3/09/07 David Pollastrini Boooooring! 1 stars
2/17/07 William Goss Interesting character drama becomes a bit unhinged in 3rd act. Still, solid performances. 4 stars
6/07/05 Darcy refreshing & non-hollywood 5 stars
5/25/05 Jake Very good flick 4 stars
5/24/05 yosi sergant an intimate thriller rather than a big hollywood blowout suspense pic. Complex. Must See. 5 stars
5/22/05 Cham A great thriller, even if everybody already knows the big twist. 4 stars
5/13/05 Aannelie Great movie damn a blind person couldve known the chick was a man 5 stars
2/19/05 Jeff Anderson Rea & Richardson are terrific, but it's Whitaker(great Irish brough)who's TRULY A STANDOUT 5 stars
4/09/04 Daveman Thoughtful and compelling. Much better than I was expecting/ 5 stars
3/22/04 john really rather dull except for the famous twist 2 stars
11/26/03 Agent Sands (previously Mr. Hat) Unexpected plot twists again and again without being ridiculous! 4 stars
4/12/03 Leah great stuff, especially Rea. 5 stars
3/03/03 Jack Sommersby Super first-half weakened by contrived second-half. Still, it's compelling & Rea is superb. 4 stars
2/20/03 Oei Eng Goan Complex plot, terrific denouement 4 stars
11/01/02 Monster W. Kung I wonder why it's so popular. I expected more, frankly. Average. 3 stars
10/29/02 Charles Tatum One of my favorite films of the past decade 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  25-Nov-1992 (R)
  DVD: 25-Jan-2005

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Directed by
  Neil Jordan

Written by
  Neil Jordan

Cast
  Forest Whitaker
  Miranda Richardson
  Stephen Rea
  Jaye Davidson
  Joe Savino
  Jim Broadbent



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