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Raising Cain
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Directed By
Brian DePalma

Written By:
Brian DePalma

John Lithgow, Lolita Davidovich, Steven Bauer, Frances Sternhagen, Cindy Girard, Tom Bower, Mel Harris, Gabrielle Carteris, Barton Heyman

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Raising Cain (1992)
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Movie Review by BillyJean
December 15th, 2009

DePalma's Silly Psycho-Movie Sucks

So, Darlings -

This utterly demented Thriller quite clearly tells us all exactly why having multiple personalities doesn't always add up to good entertainment.

Like -

Just take Actor John Lithgow here, playing a pair of murderous, multiple personality twins in Raising Cain - As Josh/Cain Nix (or whoever), Lithgow constantly goes way-way over-the-top no matter what character (?) he's playing. Soon enough it all becomes downright ludicrous and, yes, unintentionally laughable, just to watch this unconvincing fool become yet another persona.

Raising Cain's tres' kookoo story goes something like this -

When they were children Josh and Cain's father, Carter (also played by Lithgow), a renowned psychologist, deliberately abused his own sons, both sexually and emotionally, just to gain first-hand accounts of the boys' traumatic developement. (What a swell Dad!) It was through all of this detestable abuse that Dr. Nix would make a detailed study of his thoroughly crazed sons', while carefully outlining their emerging personality disorders. (All in the name of Psychology, I guess)

Now that Josh and Cain are adults they are so bloody deranged that they are actually murdering young mothers as a means to procure children to help further their father's demented scientific experiments. (Spare me!)

Yes, Darlings, this is one distastefully screwy movie where neither the chills, nor the thrills, nor even the unintentional chuckles, add up to very much, at all.

Trust me on this one - Director Brian DePalma really-really-really deserves to have his big, fat Director's ass kicked good and hard over Raising Cain.

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Dec 25, 2009 12:36 AM
Poor de palma, when he is up he is up, when he is down he is down, I am weird so I liked the darknes of it but Lithgow did not cut it as he did in Blow Out.
Jan 2, 2010 10:30 PM
Yep. It was Lithgow who was totally miscast in this one. I mean, the guy was trying to play 3 different characters (2 of them with multiple personalities), for crying out loud! Like, give me a break!
Jan 2, 2010 10:38 PM
Yeah so true playing different roles, nope not good.

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