About Cherry Reviews

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Super Reviewer
½ December 28, 2014
It is irritating to see a movie so badly edited and structured, full of artificial conflicts and horrible dialogue, unable even to maintain focus and which, worst of all, doesn't offer any particularly interesting insight into its protagonist, who remains a poorly delineated sketch.
Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
August 5, 2014
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.
Super Reviewer
March 16, 2013
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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Super Reviewer
January 23, 2013
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.
Super Reviewer
July 26, 2012
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).
Super Reviewer
October 17, 2012
I am sure that this was made with incredible noble intentions. In fact these intentions basically scream from the screen, I was almost expecting race and, say, climate change to come up, too, as they seemed to be pretty much the only issues this movie skipped. The cast isn't bad, Ashley Hinshaw is great even. But storytelling is non-existent, the whole film crammed with themes. Some lines are so terrible that they made my skin crawl. Avoid please, you will be bored senseless.
½ July 10, 2013
the message gets lost somewhere between the flims waving from Romantic lovestory to sensual erotica to staight up exploitation
March 15, 2013
It had some good moments. But there's a conversation towards the end with a story that goes nowhere. One of the characters calls out the other one asking what was the point of the story. I feel like that was analogous of this movie.
½ March 10, 2013
I think the best part of this movie was Heather Graham, although closely followed by Ashley Hinshaw, definitely looking forward to seeing her in more things. But back to Heather, she was certainly able to use her unique brand of sexiness in this movie, and it was great seeing her in the role that she played which was a bit different from some of her previous roles. And although unfortunately fairly realistic, it was rather frustrating seeing the situation with the guy roommate play out.
½ January 31, 2013
While this is also about the seedy world of the porn industry and it co-stars Heather Graham, About Cherry is NO Boogie Nights -- a fantastic Paul Thomas Anderson film about lost souls trying to find worth, value and meaning in the destructive porn industry of the late 1970's and early 80's. About Cherry takes place today and seems to actually want to glamourize a degrading industry which is quite perplexing. The film's main character seems to find redemption of self when she embraces the porn biz and casts off those who have cared about her life pre-porn. A viewer ends up not caring for this person devoid of a soul nor caring for any of the film. Angelina (Ashley Hinshaw - Chronicle, LOL) "escapes" a dreary homelife complete with always drunken mother (Lili Taylor - Ransom, Say Anything) and her lowlife boyfriend to the city of San Francisco where she moonlights as a cocktail waitress before being introduced to "friends" in the porn industry. Her closest friend (Dev Patel - Slumdog Millionaire, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) made the move with her and is unsure of her new career direction although her new attorney boyfriend, Frances (James Franco - Milk, 127 Hours), appears to have no problems with it. A lesbian photographer (Graham) has also taken an interest in Angelina ... and who cares!?! Angelina as a character makes little-to-no sense ... nor does the film. Someone likes something and then they don't and people get jealous and Angelina briefly feels bad for fleeing her family and leaving her little sister behind while the best friend thinks he is in love with Angelina and the photographer has a fight with her longtime girlfriend over child pornography and ... This is supposed to be an enticing, glamourous world?!? This film might be worse than porn because this one believes it is something good. It isn't.
½ April 2, 2015
This film doesn't matter. It has no place in this world. It tries to make the character seem pitiful, helpless and sympathetic. But she's none of those with the decisions she makes.
There are no obstacles for her to face, no situations that even seem to matter, that the film makes a great big deal out of.
If anything this film made me hate people in the adult industry even more.
One thing that made me flip out. Who touches themselves watching an adult film with no headphones, volume up high, door wide open, and pants still on. So basically this film is a lie. Nothing in this film would happen, ever., Not the events taken place. But the way they happen and for what reason they happen for. Terrible.
½ March 6, 2015
couldv'e been 30 min
½ November 6, 2014
98 minutes of non-movie as the only exciting thing about this drag is Cherry getting popped into the porn scene by Heather Graham, who has probably now played more pornstar roles in mainstream films than any actual pornstar.
September 4, 2014
A film which is neither inovative or daring unlike certain types of feminists like to claim, further as someone who is closer to "the other" type of feminst (a la Sweden) I think the film misses a massive chance to actually be daring such as maybe having andrew continue to sleep in the same bed as her once she knows of his feeling but not have sex with her but occasionaly she will have sex with him just to service her needs and throw him some crumbs, then him realzing he doesnt want to be exploited no more by the defacto psuedo Patriach as he is going to become his own matriach. That my friends, that would have been more interesting and more truly progressive.
August 25, 2014
This movie had potential, but squandered it. The story of how a normal, average woman ends up in the porn industry had a lot going for it. It started well enough and seemed to be building to something profound. Instead, from a point it just drifts, and ends up going nowhere. At times it seems judgmental, then next moment titillating. Instead of objectivity the writer and director try to hedge their bets.

On the plus side, Ashley Hinshaw is great in the lead role. Stunningly beautiful, and convincing. James Franco proves yet again that he is vastly overrated as an actor, coming across as a clueless kid in a school play. He is may well be the male version of Kristen Stewart...

Heather Graham does well in a supporting role. Dev Patel seems a bit miscast in his role.
Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
August 5, 2014
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.
½ June 10, 2014
Ashley Hinshaw (Angelina) seems emotionless throughout and is a fairly hollow performance. No real plot and pretty flimsy middle and end.
April 20, 2014
I am still waiting for something interesting to happen.
½ December 15, 2013
I am sure that this was made with incredible noble intentions...
Ashley Hinshaw is great even.
March 21, 2013
The promotion of a career in the porn industry along with its deplorable misandry made this flick one of the worst films I've ever seen. Sure, it's slick and polished and the performers give solid performances, but the fact that all of this craft is at the service of such an irresponsible project makes it that much worse to me.
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