Monday, 17 September 2012

About Cherry (2012) AKA Cherry

Angelina (Ashley Hinshaw) is a good girl, she works her days in a laundry, and at night cares for her sister while her alcoholic mother (Lili Taylor) sleeps, or throws up in the toilet. Angelina’s stepfather has been looking at her different lately, and Angelina knows it’s only a matter of time before he takes her while her drunken mother is in an alcoholic coma. Having flirted with a little adult photography, Angelina and friend Andrew (Dev Patel) move to San Francisco, where she is lured by the money the adult film industry offers.

About Cherry is one of those real audience dividers, many find it obnoxious, and with little substance, others think it’s a work of art. About Cherry really is neither, not in my eyes, it’s a very normal middle of the road movie about the dangers of the adult porn industry, and the events that can cause you to work in it.

The biggest criticism of the movie is about why Angelina takes the path she does, nobody seems to understand why she takes that option. So for those who have seen it and don’t understand… Having hinted at a potential or existing scenario of sexual abuse, Angelina does NOT want her younger sister to be in the same situation, by raising the cash she can get her free of that life. Right now back on to the movie!

About Cherry is a little too light to be taken seriously, while trying to teach the danger of the lifestyle, for some unknown reason too much time is spent almost glamourizing it. For the first portion of the movie the darkest thing that happened is that Angelina get’s asked some rather rude questions about sexual likes and dislikes, and her mother discovers about her alternate career. 

There are some nice turns in the movie James Franco plays a dodgy lawyer with a passion for art, but a bigger passion for other things. While Heather Graham is a woman who works in the industry, and takes an immediate interest in new star Angelina, Diane Farr plays her long-suffering partner.

About Cherry is a very misunderstood movie, but it’s it misunderstood because of a rough handling by director/writer Stephen Elliot. You can see he cares about the idea, but lacks the ability to treat it with the care it deserves. As I said at the start, it’s not a bad movie, it’s very middle of the road, and if you have 102 minutes to spare, you might want to give it a look.

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