Cherry (2010)

Cherry (2010)



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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 one he meets Linda (Laura Allen), a beautiful 34-year-old single mother who has returned to college. Upbeat and outspoken, Linda befriends Aaron; he's flattered by the attention and becomes deeply infatuated with her. However, when Linda invites Aaron home for dinner, he's introduced to Beth (Britt Robertson), her sharp-tongued and precocious 14-year-old daughter. Beth immediately develops a passionate crush on Aaron, and he finds himself in an uncomfortable position -- the woman he wants is only going to be his friend, while he's not so interested in the girl who wants him (and he could go to jail if he responds to her advances). Cherry received its world premiere at the 2010 South by Southwest Film Festival.
R (for sexual content including nudity, language and some drug material)
Comedy , Drama
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Laura Allen
as Linda
Matt Walsh
as Professor Van Auken
D.C. Pierson
as Wild Bill
Zosia Mamet
as Darcy
Stephanie Venditto
as Aaron's Mom
Kirk Anderson
as Aaron's Dad
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Critic Reviews for Cherry

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (5)

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

Full Review… | November 4, 2010
New York Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 4, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

As ungainly and unkempt as its teen protagonist.

Full Review… | November 2, 2010
Village Voice
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 21, 2010
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 14, 2010
Boston Globe
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 26, 2011
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Cherry


Nothing to see here. There are a few moments that mildly connect, and there's one thread in the plot that could have been interesting. But it's not good.

Mad Martigan
Mad Martigan

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.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

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.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

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