M. Casarino | Wilmington, DE United States | 05/27/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Well, they don't make 'em like this anymore. But then, did they ever?"Cry Uncle!" is a real curiosity piece...a raunchy, sex- and naked body-filled detective yarn with decent acting, some genuine laughs, some amazingly tasteless scenes, and one brief bit of hardcore porn involving a 65-year-old man. Oh, yeah, and it was directed by the guy who would eventually bring you "Rocky" and "The Karate Kid."It's not a bad movie. It's well-made, it looks great, and you have to admire the free spirits of the cast, particularly Allen Garfield, who, with his big belly, hairy back, and less-than-impressive, um, thing, is the least-likely adult movie star since, well, anybody. But it's hard to think of it as anything except a strange little blast-from-the-past, a curio from a time when an X-rated comedy featuring 30-something women and a fat guy had a chance at making some bucks in the theaters. Besides, it's ultimately totally harmless, and future-Troma President Lloyd Kaufman's performance is hilarious.And yep, that's Paul Sorvino as the "smoking cop," who has one of the best lines in the flick."
Mark Norvell | HOUSTON | 09/06/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Ok, let's be up front about this right from the start. This movie is not for everyone. It's raunchy to the point of being ridiculous... but I like it. It's a detective satire/black comedy that pushes the buttons of taste to the NTH degree. And it's just plain funny. But be warned, it's not for kids (or even high school kids)...no way. It's "adults only" in all respects. The acting is good, it's fast paced and even delirious at times (after all, it was made during the "stoned age"---1971) but it is trashy and it was supposed to be. 70's underground fave Allen Garfield is in rare form (and I do mean "rare")....and there is a surprising face or two in this mix that you may recognize. But if full frontal nudity and dubious sexual activity offend you, steer clear of this comic farce. If you're the film buff who likes a good old raunchy romp, then you'll probably enjoy this. It looks great on DVD and Troma was the perfect source to release it. Thanks guys---you did good."
One of a kind!!!
Scott Parsons | Sidney, OH United States | 07/10/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you like movies to resemble other movies you've seen, forget CRY UNCLE. It's in a class by itself.
I saw it in its original release - saw it more than once, I think. I saw something courageous about it. I still see it that way.
It's in a twisty-turny genre of its own: "Comic Porn Noir."
Allen Garfield grounds and centers it, gives it dignity, draws your attention to the fact that although there are a lot of nude women in it, CRY UNCLE projects love and respect for women.
The commentary is interesting too. Hearing that Peter Boyle and Rodney Dangerfield had been offered the lead role before Allen Garfield made me appreciate Garfield in the film even more.
Sacred cows mean nothing in CRY UNCLE so go into it with that knowledge - and enjoy!"
A very amusing, tightly directed humorous of the old murder
Roberto Frangie | Leon, Gto. Mexico | 01/18/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Jake Masters (Allen Garfield) is a private eye detective hired by a wealthy man who is the prime suspect in the murder of a young starlet... It is Jake's job to find the real killer... He not only uncovers the case, but also a lot of hookers and call girls...
The misadventures are highly comic and include sexual intercourse, unintentional necrophilia, and sinister lesbians... The sexual overtones are stimulating and funny... They are used more to comment on the hypocrisy of society than to derive unjust profit...
There is a lot of soul in this film, especially in the performance of Garfield, who plays a very adorable investigator... Madeleine Le Roux is volcanic as the fiery blond who is as quick with a pistol as she is with her verbal assaults...