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Sherrybaby (2006)

Sherrybaby

Overview


Genre

Drama

Release Date

September 08, 2006 (NY, LA)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

96 min.

Production Budget

$2 millions

Studio

IFC Films

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Laurie Collyer

Producer

Melissa Marr, Lemore Syvan, Marc Turtletaub

Screenwriter

Laurie Collyer

Starring

  • Maggie Gyllenhaal as Sherry Swanson
  • Ryan Simpkins
  • Brad William Henke
  • Bridget Barkan
  • Sam Bottoms
  • Kate Burton
  • Danny Trejo as Dean Walker
  • Giancarlo Esposito

Story


Three years after entering prison for robbery as a 19-year-old heroin addict, Sherry Swanson (Maggie Gyllenhaal) begins her first day of freedom, clean and sober. A model prisoner who has undergone personal transformation, she immediately sets out to regain custody of her young daughter Alexis (Ryan Simpkins), who has been cared for in her absence by her brother Bobby (Brad William Henke) and his wife Lynn (Bridget Barkan).

Unprepared for the demands of the world she's stepped back into, Sherry's hopes of staying clean, getting a job, and becoming a responsible mother are challenged by the realities of unemployment, halfway houses, and parole restrictions. Bobby and Lynn's concerns about Sherry's ability to care for Alexis, and her inability to prove them wrong, threaten to destroy the already delicate relationship she has with her daughter, as well as her newfound sobriety.

Disillusioned and haunted by wounds from her childhood, Sherry is eventually confronted with life-altering questions about her own survival and what it means to be a good mother. Ultimately she learns that as the harsh realities of life often get in the way of her best intentions, sometimes it's best to take life one small step at a time.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..a stark and sobering character study about a drug / sex / alcohol addict..”
by Scott Weinberg [eFilmCritic]
“..never really convincing outside of Gyllenhaal's portrayal..”
by Jason Clark [Slant Magazine]
“..emotionally arresting..”
by Owen Gleiberman [Entertainment Weekly]