Tenderness (2009)
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Tenderness (2009)

Genre
Drama, Thriller
Release Date
December 11, 2009
Studio
Lions Gate Films
Genre
Drama, Thriller
Release Date
December 11, 2009
MPAA Rating
R
Duration
101 minute(s)
Production Budget
-
Studio
Lions Gate Films
Official Site
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Director
John Polson
Producer
John Penotti, Howard Meltzer, Charles Randolph
Screenwriter
Emil Stern
Starring
  • Russell Crowe as Gary Harding
  • Jon Foster as Kenny O'Donnell, Jr.
  • Sophie Traub
  • Laura Dern as Sharon Anne, Maggie's Daughter
  • Alicia Harding
  • Alexis Dziena as Rosy Montrose
  • Tim Hopper
  • Michael Kelly
  • David Larosa
  • Jazmine Rodriguez
  • Jake M. Smith

Eric Komenko is a charming, attractive high school student with devout, domineering parents. Following an angry outburst from his mother upon her discovery of his promiscuity, Eric maliciously and violently murders both his mother and father.

Years later, Lori Cranston, an attractive and audacious young girl who has silently suffered years of sexual abuse from her mother's revolving door of boyfriends, becomes mesmerized by Eric's story. Undeterred by Eric's murderous impulses, Lori flees her mother's house to find him.

However, while Lori is attracted to Eric's sinister mentality, Lt. Cristofuoro, the officer assigned to Eric's case, is not convinced he won't kill again. Cristofuoro goes after him, conflicted about his desire to help Eric - whom he knows has suffered tremendously - and, his knowledge of the latter's appetite for killing young women.

While driving towards Syracuse to find a girl (WHAT'S HER NAME?) whom he met in juvenile detention, Eric is shocked to find Lori hiding in his trunk. Suspicious of Lori, annoyed by her juvenile crush and paranoid that she saw him murder his girlfriend years prior, Eric is outwardly harsh and cruel towards her. Throughout their long voyage together, Lori becomes increasingly enamored by Eric, despite his cruel behavior and a failed attempt to kill her.

As Cristofuoro draws closer to the pair, Lori resigns to her fate. Yet, despite Eric's calculated plan to kill her, and her complete acquiescence, Eric is unable to do so. Although upset with himself for succumbing to "soft" emotions, he leaves to meet the girl from juvenile detention, unaware that she is working with the police to set him up.

Lori learns about the trap and, after alerting Eric, she leaves with him, despite Cristofuoro's concern she will not come out alive.