The same month, Ryan's audiobook recording of 's was released.
With 1987's Fatal Attraction and 1992's Basic Instinct, directors Adrian Lyne and Paul Verhoeven established many of the tropes we tend to associate with the genre: A woman -- often young, white, and skinny -- driven by her appetite for sex, violence, or both, becomes a source of desire, confusion, and ultimately torment for the film's traditionally masculine hero.
Pauline is her opposite -- she's open to the possibility of sex and romance with any man who's willing.
In the Cut, based on the 1995 novel of the same name by Susanna Moore, is a dark fable about the risks women take trying to navigate sex and relationships with men's latent darkness just out of frame.
Macy and Meg Ryan—hardly ideal ingredients for mainstream success.