About Cherry (2012)

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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, … 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

Cast


as Angelina

as Phyllis

as Andrew

as Frances

as Jillian

as Sweet

as Viva Nova

as Pool Player 1

as Pool Player 2

as Jessica

as Chellis

as Customer 1

as Danny

as Director 3

as Worker 1

as Co-Worker 1

as Manager

as Waiter
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Critic Reviews for About Cherry

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (9)

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
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Audience Reviews for About Cherry

½

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.

blacksheepboy
Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

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.

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.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

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