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About Cherry (2012)

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Average Rating: 3.8/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 9

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Average Rating: 2.3/5
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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,

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Lorelei Lee, Stephen Elliott

Jan 15, 2013

$2.8k

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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.

October 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Here is a movie that suggests prostitution is something that just sort of happens to you, like Lyme disease.

October 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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This is just a slow-moving skin flick broken up by lots of boring discussions about Cherry's future.

September 21, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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The fatal flaw ... is its refusal to examine Angelina's occupation from outside the bubble. You might even call it a recruitment film.

September 20, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Everything here is done badly.

September 20, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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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.

September 20, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
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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.

September 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

almost laughably unsexy

November 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Windy City Times
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.

October 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Shared Darkness
Shared Darkness

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

October 5, 2012 Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com
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.

October 4, 2012 Full Review Source: RedEye
RedEye

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

September 25, 2012 Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate
SSG Syndicate

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

September 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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

September 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

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

September 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
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The lack of plausible conflict mars the movie's highly commendable depiction of San Francisco as a the new porn capital.

September 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Pollyanna does 'Frisco!

September 15, 2012 Full Review Source: myfilmblog
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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.
August 5, 2014
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Walter M.

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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.
March 16, 2013
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.
January 23, 2013
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The Movie Waffler

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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).
January 20, 2013
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