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An attempted mashup of "Gilmore Girls" and "The Graduate," "Cherry" fails to be either raunchy or sweet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for Cherry
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.
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.
This movie was better than expected. I knew I'd like it, because it falls right into line with other independent drama/comedy/coming of age films that I seem to love; Rocket Science, Ballad of Jack and Rose, Thumbsucker, etc. What I didn't expect, is that it's probably not just a movie I'd like and has more appeal than just the quirky characters indie film niche.
Sure.. there were a few plot holes, and minor character flaws - things that were done that I didn't understand the motivation for that person to do - but it's a great effort.
The one thing that impressed me most is, with 10-20 minutes left I still had no clue where the movie was going to go. This is good in the sense they didn't broadcast twists and changes in the story arc, and the dialogue and flow kept me sucked in to the story to the point that wasn't even something I thought about. Even more so, because Cherry seems a bit cliche, unrealistic and predictable on the surface; but the characters and story have a lot of depth, and with that depth it works.
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