Jane Campion helmed Holly Hunter into some Oscar-winning nudity,
so Meg Ryan was happy to shed her sunny image--and her clothes--for
the dark erotic thriller In the Cut (2003). She’s certainly
believable as a New York City teacher who indulges in some seriously
dangerous sex after a woman is murdered in her neighborhood. Actually,
her wild side seems to get riled when she stumbles on a guy getting
a blowjob in a bar. She’s soon jilling off, enjoying a grilling
from homicide detective Mark Ruffalo, and hanging out near a sex
club. Jennifer Jason Leigh also shows up as Meg’s slutty
sister, while daring darling Heather Litteer is rumored to actually
be on her knees for those bathroom antics. Don’t miss the
gals in the strip club scene, either. The tattooed bartender is
punk princess Theo Kogan, and the dancers are Sandy Vital, Nancy
La Scala, Ami Goodheart, and the amazing team of Sharon Riggins
and Karen Riggins.
Forward to: (0:39) All-American gal Meg has shown off her boobage
before, but you'll be sleepless in semen as she takes her pussy
for a walk.
Judging from the critical and commercial response, In the Cut
producer Nicole Kidman was pretty smart to turn down the role
eventually taken by Meg. At least we'll always have Eyes Wide
Shut (1999). And if you're building your home skinema library,
be sure to get the unrated DVD with plenty more of Meg--plus the
hardcore version of that aforementioned blowjob.