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The Crying Game
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Directed By
Neil Jordan

Written By:
Neil Jordan

Cast:
Stephen Rea, Jaye Davidson, Miranda Richardson, Forest Whitaker, Adrian Dunbar, Jim Broadbent, Ralph Brown, Birdy Sweeney, Joe Savino, Breffini McKenna, Joe Savino, Andre Bernard

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The Crying Game (1992)
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Movie Review by BillyBob
March 2nd, 2012

"TRANS"-FORMING A THRILLER INTO "CRYING GAME" SOAP

Puh-Leez!... Been there? Done that?

Just like a stinging slap to the face, THE CRYING GAME gleefully delivered its "surprise twist" with the blow of a true sadist - or - Was it really intended to be more of a swift kick, square in the nuts?

Whatever.

To be sure - This little surprise-of-a-twist offered up in THE CRYING GAME was, most certainly, an attempt on the part of the director/screenwriter (who obviously had another agenda on his plate, other than that of presenting his film with a straightforward story) to literally shove the unwelcome issue of nut-shriveling, trans-gender politics (and all of its dreary baggage) straight down the audience's unsuspecting throats.... (Some surprise, eh?)

I would easily say that this "club-one-over-the head" surprise-business was undoubtedly the only real reason why anyone would ever remember THE CRYING GAME, a disappointingly poor excuse for a movie if I ever saw one.

These cheap, sensationalistic tactics that were meant to surprise quickly brought a fairly intriguing story that initially concerned IRA hostage-taking, and whatnot, to an absolute dead halt. And from that point onwards, THE CRYING GAME literally wallowed in its "surprise twist" for the remainder of the story.

With there being no mercy in sight - This gloating of sorts "trans"-formed THE CRYING GAME into a less-than-satisfying soap opera. (He-loves-me? He-loves-me-not?) Where those trite, crass words "I love you" were only to be spoken with any sincerity at the point of a gun.

Shame-shame on THE CRYING GAME?

In conclusion - If one were to ask me what I'd think of a friend who proclaimed that THE CRYING GAME was, in fact, their favorite film of all-time - Well, I'd definitely be inclined to believe that for them to be stating such a thing would be a very clear give-away as to which direction they leaned when it came to their own sexuality. (You know what I mean?)

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