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Cherry (2010)



Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 3

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A naïve teenager finds out just how complicated adult relationships can be in this comedy drama from veteran television director Jeffrey Fine. Aaron (Kyle Gallner) is a bright but socially awkward college freshman studying to become an engineer, like most of the men in his family. Aaron has been accepted into a special advanced program at an Ivy League university, but he's also a gifted cartoonist and would rather study art. Aaron tries to work some drawing classes into his schedule, and through


Drama, Comedy

Jeffrey Fine

Sep 26, 2011


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An attempted mashup of "Gilmore Girls" and "The Graduate," "Cherry" fails to be either raunchy or sweet.

November 5, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Cherry cribs from The Graduate, Educating Rita, Good Will Hunting and Legally Blonde, but never comes close to being as funny or as touching as those movies at their best.

November 5, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
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As ungainly and unkempt as its teen protagonist.

November 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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A sparkling coming-of-ager about a 17-year-old virgin who imperfectly juggles academic challenges and off-campus liaisons, somehow emerging able to walk on water.

October 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Variety
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The movie stirs up a thoroughly relatable swirl of youthful tentativeness, raging hormones, and the thrill and angst that come with new independence - all the things running through a good kid's head at 17.

October 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Comment (1)
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Despite some tonal inconsistencies and ill-fitting stabs at whimsy, all-around good performances, Fine's snappy script, and Michael Hoskins' original illustrations elevate Cherry into a sensitively felt and fundamentally sweet coming-of-age pic.

September 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Why's it special? Partly because of the performances. Partly because of the depth of characterization. Partly because of assured direction.

September 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Austin American-Statesman
Austin American-Statesman

The film heaps on events and obstacles far too liberally for its skimpy frame.

November 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

A smart, funny, genuinely heartfelt and uplifting coming-of-age story.

November 6, 2010 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

Fine resolves this ménage with taste and integrity, and also with humor and genuine feeling.

October 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Comment (1)
Boston Phoenix

Audience Reviews for Cherry

Another movie that on the surface looks like a raunchy comedy in the old National Lampoon mold. It is a bit more smartly written and the performers are able to bring the more complex adult story to life with lots of surprises. I attribute this to the director's experience in television. Gallner plays a college freshman. It is well established, maybe over established, that he comes from a long line of engineers, but he is more interested in art. His interest in drawing is utilized well in the graphics of the movie. Allen is the hot older woman, who is returning to college to get the degree she couldn't get her first time around. Her looks can be deceiving though, since she struggles with alcoholism and has not been the best mother. Robertson is the daughter, who has had to grow up fast. She plays a character who is younger than she really is, but it is still shocking to see and hear some of the dark things she deals with. She develops a crush on the boy and he is caught in the middle. Meanwhile, there is some school work business tossed in so we don't forget the guy is a student. Still it felt fresh. I thought I might skip through it while streaming online, but it caught hold of me.
October 23, 2012

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This was a pleasant surprise. Funny how some films that appear to be pure fluff, judging by the cover art and the description can turn out to be unknown gems. I queued this up, expecting some lightweight coming of age drama and got a very well done, thoughtful story of a young man struggling to find his place in a highly competitive, Ivy League college. Kyle Gallner is Aaron, a freshman with a real artistic talent who finds himself in the engineering program to please his domineering engineer mother (Stephanie Vindetto). He meets Linda (Laura Allen), an older woman in a Life Drawing class and becomes friends with her. The acting was quite good, and the story flowed naturally. These are not perfect people dealing with superficial problems. Aaron struggles in his design class and with fitting in to college life, while Linda has personal issues and problems with self-esteem. Add to this Linda's fourteen year old, mature beyond her years daughter, and a volatile cop (Esai Morales) for a boyfriend, and Linda's plate is pretty full. But these three damaged souls provide a space for healing for each other. This one moved me with its tenderness and its honesty.
October 4, 2011
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