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About the Movie
Watch while in theaters!! 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, 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.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 20
- Fresh: 2
- Rotten: 18
- Average Rating: 4.0/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: The fatal flaw ... is its refusal to examine Angelina's occupation from outside the bubble. You might even call it a recruitment film.
Rotten: About Cherry only manages to seem inconsequential.
Rotten: Everything here is done badly.
Rotten: It's pornography bathed in the tangerine glow of fruit-scented candlelight.
I went into this movie with high expectations, if only for the great cast. But wait, this is a "gritty and defiantly voyeuristic look" at something not worth looking at. The writing is beyond terrible. This is simply not worth watching whatsoever. I'm going to go take a shower to get this "experience" off of me, and watch a decent adult film. I am beyond disappointed. This is an absolutely terrible movie with absolutely no story. There is no character development, and worst of all no plot. Seriously?? Shame on all involved.
PS -- I'm only writing this review so my girlfriend doesn't say (true) things that are inappropriate for general consumption. I wish I could give it zero stars.
How many times has this been done before?
The reviewer city girl obviously copied and pasted some official marketing materials from a press release. This is a tired old trope that's more useful as an illustration of America's obsession with the porn narrative than anything else.
an enjoyable film that takes a real gritty look into the life of a girl who turns to pornography to sustain her living. She escapes a situation with a crazy mother and flees with her best friend, who is so clearly in love with her to san francisco. She will capture your heart as you see her in the industry and learn to be comfortable in her own skin . Sometimes you wonder why she doesn't just chose to walk away...