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About Cherry (2012)

About Cherry

Overview


Genre

Drama

Release Date

September 21, 2012 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

102 min.

Studio

IFC Films

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Stephen Elliott

Producer

Elizabeth Destro, Gordon Bijelonic, Elana Krausz, Datari Turner

Screenwriter

Stephen Elliott, Lorelei Lee

Starring

Story


This bold debut film by author Stephen Elliott, a visual love letter to San Francisco, is the story of high school student Angelica (a mesmerizing Ashley Hinshaw), whose choices lead her from a depressing home life and dead-end job in Los Angeles to the fetish-filled Bay Area adult film world. A stepfather with dark motives lurks in the background, as Angelica watches over her younger sister and questions her options. In memorable supporting roles are Festival favorite Lili Taylor as Angelica's manic and opportunistic mother, Jonny Weston as her sexy but sleazy boyfriend and Dev Patel as best friend and much-needed nonsexual support. The vibrant cast also includes James Franco as a coke-addicted attorney who spots Angelica in a strip club, and Heather Graham as a female porn director who launches "Cherry's" adult film career with mixed feelings. A gritty and defiantly voyeuristic look at the life of a youth who never loses her innocence, even as she gyrates for the camera, About Cherry captures a rare point of view, urging us to consider the delicate tension between body and self by focusing on society's most sought after objects of desire.

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Poster of IFC Films' About Cherry (2012)
James Franco stars as Francis in IFC Films' About Cherry (2012)

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..it's actually both - never boring but never as engaging as it could or should be..”
by James Berardinelli [ReelViews]
“..is neither provocative nor dramatically persuasive..”
by David Rooney [Hollywood Reporter]
“..this vapid drama tries to present the adult-film industry sympathetically, but succeeds only in making it look full of narcissistic, tattooed twits who think having sex for a living makes them cool..”
by Leslie Felperin [Variety]