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'Fair' to Middling

Cindy Crawford gets mixed reviews -- We take a straw poll of the supermodel's performance in ''Fair Game''

Cindy, Cindy, Cindy, and her long-awaited acting debut — that's all it's been for the past few months. Well, on Nov. 3 the oft-mocked Fair Game opened nationally, and the results of a somewhat unscientific poll conducted at a theater in New York City showed that model-turned-actress Cindy Crawford hasn't completely sunk her silver-screen career.

Though critics gave the supermodel's performance a big thumbs-down and Game lagged in fourth place, earning a paltry $5 million during its first weekend, moviegoers were pretty evenly divided regarding whether Crawford should quit her day job. Some skewered the supermodel. ''I expected her to be pretty bad, so I thought it would be funny to come see it,'' said a 28-year-old male film editor.

Others stood by their mannequin. ''If she decides to change to an acting career, she's got a shot,'' said an appreciative 25-year-old mother. And one 22-year-old man, fittingly, thought Crawford exhibited true talent. ''I'd go see her again,'' he said. ''She got naked, and that was good.''

But the most damning-with-praise reaction came from the misinformed 34-year-old female secretary who said, ''I like her very much as an actress. I've seen her in several movies, and she's quite good.''

Originally posted Nov 17, 1995 Published in issue #301 Nov 17, 1995 Order article reprints