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A too-short script and a romance lacking in heat detracts from an otherwise haughty charmer. Read critic reviews

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When retired courtesan Charlotte (Kathy Bates) asks her former colleague, Lea (Michelle Pfeiffer) to instruct her son, Chéri (Rupert Friend), in the ways of love, the result is a passionate affair that lasts six years. But Charlotte arranges for Chéri to marry a younger woman, and insists the affair come to an end. Lea retreats to southern France, but destiny brings the two lovers together once more.

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Michelle Pfeiffer
Léa de Lonval
Kathy Bates
Charlotte Peloux
Iben Hjejle
Marie-Laure
Jessica Lange
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François Ivernel
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Cameron McCracken
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Christopher Hampton
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Richard Temple
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Simon Fawcett
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Darius Khondji
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  • Jan 31, 2012
    Passable film with some interesting elements. Ultimately it is Rupert Friend who lets us down. Quite frankly, I can't see why Michelle Pfeiffer would be interested in him.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 21, 2011
    I was confused by Michelle Pfeiffer's performance - was she supposed to have some sort of accent? The movie itself was just average - nothing to get excited about!
    Sarah P Super Reviewer
  • Jul 13, 2011
    During la belle epoque, an old courtesan and a young man fall in love, but when the man must marry, their relationship reaches an impasse. Playwright/screenwriter Christopher Hampton collaborated with director Stephen Frears in 1988 to produce one of the most vicious battles of the genders ever put to film, <i>Dangerous Liaisons</i>, and their most recent collaboration seems like the aborted product of their imitators or merely the vain scribblings of old men who can no longer hack it. In every way <i>Cheri</i> is a Frears/Hampton film, but in every way it falls short. In what few moments of manipulation there are, we see none of the mischievousness and guile that made Valmont a man we love to hate. In what few moments of sexual passion, we none of the allure of the young Uma Thurman (all of the actresses in <i>Cheri</i> must have had a no nudity clause). And in what few moments of loving tenderness in <i>Cheri</i>, there is none of the passion we saw in Tourvel and Valmont's torrid break-up and reunion. What remains is a sterile imitation of <i>Dangerous Liaisons</i>. And Cheri's motivations are occasionally mysterious. Even after he explains his reunion with Edmee, it still doesn't make any sense. I must say that this is a courageous role for Michelle Pfeiffer as much of Lea's character development takes place in the sad lines on her aging face. But this was but one ugly moment in a whole film in which she is made to look as beautiful as she can. Also, the script reduces the eminently talented Kathy Bates to a mere cartoon. Overall, see <i>Dangerous Liaisons</i>, and when you're done, you can say that you saw <i>Cheri</i> too.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Oct 10, 2010
    <i> Indulge in a wicked game of seduction </i> A romantic story of a young boy who is attracted by a prostitute older than him So the movie inst so bad, i thought it could have been worst, way worst, its an <b> elegant </b> movie, that is visually pleasing, nothing out of the ordinary. In terms of costume this movie is fabulous, amazing stylish outfits that should inspire a lot of people out there. In terms of the story, there isn't anything special, its a semi-erotic build up plot. But one thing has to be named, Pfeiffer is amazing! So is you want to go see it, its up to you. I don't recommend it to everyone, but if you like <b> historical romances with a spice of sensuality </b> , go ahead. <u> Lea de Lonval </u> : <i> I can't criticize his character, mainly because he doesn't seem to have one! </i>
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