Cut and Run was one of my free Audible Originals last month. It is an absurd little story about a rag-tag team of organ harvesting good guys down in Mexico. Honestly, its best not to care too much about the plot, because, as I said, it is absurd.
But this thing has a murderer’s row of a cast! It was a delight to listen to from start to finish. The performers really raised the quality of the material.
We have D’Arcy Carden as Sam, the beautiful “saleswoman” who traps philandering husbands and drugs their drinks in order to perform surgery on them.
Then, there’s Sam “Splett” Richardson as Abe, Sam’s partner. Abe is a well-meaning doctor who is trying to cure diabetes and needs many kidneys on which to experiment. (In what ways he experiments it is unclear. IT MATTERS NOT. THIS IS RICHARD SPLETT.)
Ed Begley, Jr, is their boss/friend Gordon, the crime lord of Dearborn, Michigan. Gordon manages all of the details of the organ harvesting and is the main point of contact for all of the terrible bad guys that they deal with.
Rachel Bloom plays Katie Reynolds, Abe’s girlfriend, and famous children’s author. She writes a very popular and very dumb serious of books called the Werewolf Brothers. Until the happenings of this story, Katie has been unaware of the nefarious kidney thieving that’s been going on under her nose. Everyone in the story agrees, Katie is a dynamite lady.
Thomas Lennon plays Jeff, the FBI agent who falls under Sam’s spell and accidentally has his kidney stolen in a seedy Mexican hotel. Sam feels badly about what happened with Jeff and Jeff can’t stop thinking about Sam, kidney be damned.
The theme song, Dynamite Lady, is sung by the one and only Aimee Mann. I can’t find a link to it, but its charming and fun.
Oh, and have I mentioned the narrator? The narrator is America’s fricking sweetheart, MEG RYAN. Why isn’t Meg Ryan narrating all of our audiobooks? She does a fantastic job here, balancing the whimsy and the plot, and keeping us invested in rooting for a bunch of organ harvesters.
This isn’t a super long story, it clocks in at under three hours. The production is sketchy at times (lots of background noise going on here), but its a fun way to spend an afternoon.