Sonny (2002)

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Film superstar Nicolas Cage's directing debut, Sonny follows a very unconventional family as they struggle to overcome personal and financial adversity. Young Sonny (James Franco) returns home to New Orleans from Army service to find his mother Jewel (Brenda Blethyn), a prostitute, in dire financial straits due to her marketability decreasing exponentially as her age increases. Jewel takes heart at her son's return, however, as she had raised him to be a male prostitute and his mid-'20s vitality … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, sex)
Genre: Drama, Television
Directed By:
Written By: John Carlen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 19, 2003
Runtime:
Samuel Goldwyn Films

Cast


as Sonny Phillips

as Jewel Phillips

as Gretchen

as Acid Yellow

as Wealthy Woman

as Maitre D'

as Waiters

as Acid Yellow's Thug

as Jimmy at Mattie's

as Man at Party With Ti...

as Lilly White

as Mattie's Girl

as Party Lady

as Man at Door
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Critic Reviews for Sonny

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (10)

Actors generally make good actor's directors, but Sonny is a mixed bag in that department.

Full Review… | December 27, 2002
Newsday
Top Critic

Nicolas Cage isn't the first actor to lead a group of talented friends astray, and this movie won't create a ruffle in what is already an erratic career.

Full Review… | December 27, 2002
Slate
Top Critic

An instant candidate for worst movie of the year.

December 27, 2002
New York Post
Top Critic

Earnest and tentative even when it aims to shock.

Full Review… | December 26, 2002
New York Times
Top Critic

It is as uncompromising as it is nonjudgmental, and makes clear that a prostitute can be as lonely and needy as any of the clients.

Full Review… | December 26, 2002
Los Angeles Times
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Preposterous and tedious, Sonny is spiked with unintentional laughter that, unfortunately, occurs too infrequently to make the film even a guilty pleasure.

Full Review… | December 25, 2002
L.A. Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Sonny

I like Nicolas Cage, honestly...for the most part. So, when I heard he directed a film starring James Franco as a male hustler who tries to get out of the life, I figured, "hey, this might be a good, gritty, indie drama".

Well, it's not. It's sometimes sleazy and gritty, but it feels undercooked and slightly polished. It's also really draggy asnd boring, which I didn't think was possible. Franco does what he can, and he's okay, but he can't quite save it. Stanton also helps elevate things, but he could have been used a lot more...and better. Suvari was okay, probably the best out of all the ladies here, but even then she's not given much to work with, and her performance isn't all that great. She does have a bit of chemistry with Franco though, and she's nice to look at.

Overall, this is a plodding, dull mess. It's also about 20 minutes too long. Avoid.

cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Uneven, seemingly indecisive direction from Nicolas Cage leads this potentially affecting film astray. As it stands, it is mildly interesting. The best aspect of it is James Franco, who gives solid evidence of his considerable abilities as an actor.

michaelcorleone
Mike T.

Super Reviewer

It's no secret that Nicolas Cage is incapable of saying no to any script - except he decided to direct this one. Doesn't make it any better.

Lemure
Marcus Woolcott

Super Reviewer

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