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About Cherry (2012)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 20
Fresh: 2
Rotten: 18

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 3.8/10
Reviews Counted: 9
Fresh: 0
Rotten: 9

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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Average Rating: 2.3/5
User Ratings: 2,981

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Movie Info

Cherry is about Angelina (Ashley Hinshaw), an 18-year-old girl on the verge of finishing high school. Angelina's family life is difficult. Her mother (Lili Taylor) is an alcoholic and her step-father is violent and unpredictable. One morning her boyfriend (Jonny Weston) suggests she take naked pictures for money. She balks at first but then does the photo shoot, using the money to run-off with her best friend (Dev Patel) to San Francisco. In San Francisco, while cocktailing in a strip club, … More

Rating:
R
Genre:
Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Stephen Elliott , Lorelei Lee
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Jan 15, 2013
Box Office:
$2.8k
Runtime:
IFC Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for About Cherry

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (18)

Dramas about the porn industry range from expressions of puritanical rage to celebrations of open sexuality; this one manages to avoid both extremes, as well as anything else that might make it worth watching.

Full Review… | October 4, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Here is a movie that suggests prostitution is something that just sort of happens to you, like Lyme disease.

Full Review… | October 4, 2012
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

This is just a slow-moving skin flick broken up by lots of boring discussions about Cherry's future.

Full Review… | September 21, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

The fatal flaw ... is its refusal to examine Angelina's occupation from outside the bubble. You might even call it a recruitment film.

Full Review… | September 20, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

Everything here is done badly.

Full Review… | September 20, 2012
New York Daily News
Top Critic

It has a didactic undercurrent, making its main character into a beautiful blank, ready to blossom under the bright camera lights and to be unabashed in the face of the unenlightened.

Full Review… | September 20, 2012
AV Club
Top Critic

When a guilty perv is all a film has to offer by way of a protagonist then it's probably in the best interests of us all if it doesn't exist.

Full Review… | September 4, 2013
Little White Lies

almost laughably unsexy

Full Review… | November 11, 2012
Windy City Times

Rather shockingly lacking in dynamic plotting, the film descends into mystifying incomprehensibility in its final reels, showing a lack of understanding of basic human motivations.

Full Review… | October 8, 2012
Shared Darkness

So much of About Cherry is meant to titillate and dramatize but never humanize.

Full Review… | October 5, 2012
HollywoodChicago.com

Generates a sensual world existing on top of the real one, where many people work non-ideal jobs simply to pay the bills.

Full Review… | October 4, 2012
RedEye

Flimsy and fetishized, it delivers little more than a hackneyed skin flick.

Full Review… | September 25, 2012
SSG Syndicate

Mediocre drama centered a young woman's introduction to the porn industry.

Full Review… | September 24, 2012
Film Journal International

Despite Hinshaw's audacious performance, the characters remain at an emotional distance.

Full Review… | September 21, 2012
Cinemalogue.com

A muddled, inconsequential journey of a surprisingly unsympathetic character and her hazy ride to the top of the porno food chain.

Full Review… | September 20, 2012
Blu-ray.com

The lack of plausible conflict mars the movie's highly commendable depiction of San Francisco as a the new porn capital.

Full Review… | September 16, 2012
Slant Magazine

Pollyanna does 'Frisco!

Full Review… | September 15, 2012
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Audience Reviews for About Cherry

With her mother(Lili Taylor) being an alcoholic, 18-year old Angelina(Ashley Hinshaw) is left to take care of her younger sister Jojo(Maya Raines). At the same time, Angelina desperately wants to spread her wings and live her own life. But her job at a laundromat is not going to get her far. So, she poses nude for Vaughn(Ernest Waddell). That gets her the money for her and her friend Andrew(Dev Patel) to move to San Francisco. That's where she works as a waitress in a strip club where she meets Frances(James Franco).

Alternately erotic and chaste, "About Cherry" does admittedly suffer from a lack of focus at times. But it is also refreshing in it not being a garden variety cautionary tale. Rather, it is about somebody who is surrounded by cautionary tales. And it is a nice touch that the movie depicts a corner of the adult film industry as being both gay and female friendly. Out of all the surprises here, the biggest has to be the neat turn by none other than Heather Graham.

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Harlequin68
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

Unfocused and lazy, About Cherry is a poorly made film that's kind of pretentious. There's not much of a plot: a teen runaway heads to San Francisco and gets involved in the pornography industry. However, as provocative as the material is the film doesn't seem to know what it wants to say about it. The cast features Ashley Hinshaw, James Franco, and Heather Graham, but the material limits them. Bland and superficial, About Cherry is uninspired and pointless.

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Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

Americans have a curious relationship with porn. It's a billion dollar industry with a product enjoyed by most of the population yet it's coverage in the media would have you think it's run solely by criminals. Any films tackling the subject have always focused on the negative aspects, most of which are applicable to any get-rich-quick business, of the industry. 'About Cherry' bucks the trend, showing the world of porn as far less maladjusted than the mainstream.
Hinshaw does a good job in the lead role and is undoubtedly a star in the making. The film itself is quite a bore, filled with cliched characters like the manipulative alcoholic mother (Taylor), the disapproving boyfriend (Franco), and the platonic friend (Patel) who can't express his true feelings for our protagonist.
Hinshaw's breasts aside, there's nothing here we haven't seen before.

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themoviewaffler.com
The Movie Waffler

Super Reviewer

Initially excited about this film, "About Cherry" severely drops the ball with its meandering nature and complete disregard for the talented new actress Ashley Hinshaw. With both James Franco and Dev Patel having such potential in these roles, both are squandered for no apparent reason, with all focus being placed on Hinshaw and her fall into pornography, which never really has a purpose or reason and, instead, is just something she does for money. Had she been given a reason to need money, we could have cared. Her disregard for the men around her is questionable, the drunken mother routine overplayed and unrealistic, and any attempt at a twist or development is horribly telegraphed the instance it is introduced. Without the sexy and talented Ashley Hinshaw, this film would have been a complete bust (no pun intended).

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Christopher Haskell

Super Reviewer

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