Cherish (2002)

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Critic Consensus: The different genres in Cherish don't mesh well, and the quirkiness sometimes feels too forced.

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Finn Taylor's quirky comedy Cherish concerns Zoe (Robin Tunney), a woman unlucky in love. She is berated at work and always seems to strike out with the opposite sex. After being asked by an attractive co-worker (Jason Priestley) to dance at a party, Zoe is kidnapped by a stalker who has fallen in love with her. During a scuffle, they accidentally kill a police officer. The stalker disappears and Zoe is charged with the crime. Soon she is under house arrest. The technician in charge of her ankle bracelet (Tim Blake Nelson) is as socially awkward as she is. Soon they grow close and he gets her a nine-hour window in which the pair tries to find the stalker and clear her name. Rocker Liz Phair and Saturday Night Live alumnus Nora Dunn round out the cast of this film that was screened at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.
Rating:
R (adult situations/language)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Cast

Brad Hunt
as D.J.
Liz Phair
as Brynn
Nora Dunn
as Bell
Lindsay Crouse
as Therapist
Kelvin Han Yee
as Officer Yee
Kevin Han Yee
as Officer Yee
Scott Breitenstein
as Officer Ruiz
Tim Griffin
as Officer Griffin
Kathleen Stefano
as Head Prison Guard
Karena Davis
as Woman in Bar
Alex González
as Kid No.1
Kellan Patrick
as Kid No.2
Daniel DeShara
as Husband
Sumalee G. Montano
as Officer Montano
Bill Ferrell
as Heavier Officer
Phil LaMarr
as Yoga Instructor
Jeremy Toback
as Record Store Owner
Veronica Brown
as Woman in Apartment
Banks McClintock
as Engineer
Tim Wiggins
as Motorist
Michael Vaughn Breitenstein
as Officer `Hand Bitten'
Matthew King
as Young Man on Train
Banks McLintock
as Engineer
Matt King
as Young Man on Train
Sophia Sharp
as New Waitress
Todd Stoneman
as Hustler
Beth Daly
as Computer
Matte Finish
as Woman Behind Bars
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Critic Reviews for Cherish

All Critics (83) | Top Critics (30)

The mix of tones can be jarring, but it all has an odd charm.

Full Review… | February 13, 2014
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

In the end, it becomes the cinematic equivalent of one of the songs Tunney adores: enjoyable enough while it lasts, but so thin that its ingratiating charms seem as much a source of frustration as pleasure.

Full Review… | February 13, 2014
AV Club
Top Critic

Cherish is one of those movies in which the soundtrack is better than the movie itself.

Full Review… | February 13, 2014
Associated Press
Top Critic

Good performances and quirky humor make this slick if less than fully satisfying mix of romantic comedy and mystery an easy sit.

Full Review… | February 13, 2014
Variety
Top Critic

The best way to enjoy Finn Taylor's Cherish -- often the only way -- is to accept this odd little comic drama for what it is, a shamelessly contrived showcase for Robin Tunney.

Full Review… | February 13, 2014
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

An uneven mix of genres that, even when it misses the mark, gets points for originality and a good beat.

Full Review… | July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Cherish

3 stars

MisterYoda ?
MisterYoda ?

Super Reviewer

A fresh take on the thriller genre, which really isn't a thriller most of the time, in fact the thriller elements get in the way! Robin Tunney is an (overly) talkative, socially awkward, music loving computer animator who during a sodden night out crashes and kills a cop after a mysterious stranger carjacks her and then flees the scene. Whew! Nobody believes her story, so while awaiting trial she is placed under house arrest in a new, downtrodden neighborhood (she had to sell her condo to pay her lawyer) and fitted with an ankle transmitter that only allows her 57 feet distance from an alarm beacon. This is where the bulk of the film - and entertainment - lies, in her apartment awaiting trial. Her only acquaintances are her invalid downstairs neighbor and the ankle bracelet security officer who makes routine visits. The relationships and twists that develop are surprising yet believable. Tunney alone bears the weight of the movie as she features in nearly every scene, and her quirkily appealing performance won my affection. Tim Blake Nelson also hits the bulls-eye, but Liz Phair....well, it's fun to see her appear in a movie once. Nice in-joke of her whitechocolatespaceegg album displayed at the checkout counter of a record store. The thriller elements are competent but fairly routine, and with a resolution that doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Normally these deficiencies would kill a movie, but the characters and occurrences are so fun to watch that the thriller aspect became secondary. Filled with '80s songs that fit perfectly with the mood of each scene. A modest, enjoyably offbeat sleeper.

Doctor Strangeblog
Doctor Strangeblog

Super Reviewer

½

Very entertaining film. Robin Tunney is too sexy.

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