Genre Guesstimation – Cruising (1980)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Getter of Mettel Ray and we will be reviewing our favorite LGBTQ+ Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Apr by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Getter!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of LGBTQ+ Movies..

“There’s a lot you don’t know about me.” Steve Burns

Number of Times Seen – 1 (20 Apr 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A young New York detective is sent deep undercover into the underworld of gay S&M clubs in order to catch a serial killer targeting the community.

My Take on it – This is a film that I had never heard of before coming across it while searching for films to watch for this series.

The story itself sounds great just from the premise yet they never manage to make this film engaging enough along the way.

The plot moves along at a really slow and boring pace and fails to make the story interesting at all.

Director William Friedkin tries to give us a story that is really gritty and dark, but while taking us into that kind of world, he makes some very poor decisions that make this film feel quite unwatchable.

Al Pacino has always been a very talented actor, but in this film he gets lost along the way and that makes it so much more difficult to care about his character or anything that he does for that matter because things are presented in a really messy and incoherent way.

The movie has a few very ambiguous scenes and that actually hurts things even more because it keeps the story from finding a way to feel more satisfying which is a real shame.

Bottom Line – Really boring film that has a great premise that just isn’t dealt with well enough. Friedkin tries to show this film as being really gritty and dark, but in doing so, he makes things so unwatchable. Pacino is a very talented actor, but he gets lost in the shuffle of this film and it’s so difficult to care about him or his task because it all is a complete mess. The ambiguity of certain scenes leaves the viewer with a sour taste because they never find a way to make the story come together well enough which is a real shame.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Karen Allen was never shown a complete script before she worked on this film. Director William Friedkin deliberately kept her in the dark, since her character Nancy wasn’t supposed to be aware of what was happening to Al Pacino’s cop as he explored the gay underworld. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not at all. Pretty boring film that has a great premise yet fails to deliver.

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)


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2 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – Cruising (1980)

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