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  • Summary: This bold debut film by author Stephen Elliott, a visual love letter to San Francisco, is the story of high school student Angelica (a mesmerizing Ashley Hinshaw), whose choices lead her from a depressing home life and dead-end job in Los Angeles to the fetish-filled Bay Area adult film world. A stepfather with dark motives lurks in the background, as Angelica watches over her younger sister and questions her options. In memorable supporting roles are Festival favorite Lili Taylor as Angelica’s manic and opportunistic mother, Jonny Weston as her sexy but sleazy boyfriend and Dev Patel as best friend and much-needed nonsexual support. The vibrant cast also includes James Franco as a coke-addicted attorney who spots Angelica in a strip club, and Heather Graham as a female porn director who launches “Cherry’s” adult film career with mixed feelings. A gritty and defiantly voyeuristic look at the life of a youth who never loses her innocence, even as she gyrates for the camera, Cherry captures a rare point of view, urging us to consider the delicate tension between body and self by focusing on society’s most sought after objects of desire. (IFC Films) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 10
  2. Negative: 4 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Aug 23, 2012
    Where About Cherry fails is in its depiction of interpersonal relationships. Nearly all of them are flat and uninspired.
  2. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Sep 19, 2012
    Demanding everyone accept you as you are can be a way of refusing to compromise, and the film's failure to explore this aspect of the lifestyle its portraying is almost as disappointing as moralizing would be.
  3. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Sep 18, 2012
    James Franco's role hardly exists. He's a doped-up cipher who attends museum openings and drives his car into a cement wall, looking as bored and out of place as he did hosting the Academy Awards.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Sep 20, 2012
    The fatal flaw of this well-acted movie, whose creators are sex industry veterans, is its refusal to examine Angelina's occupation from outside the bubble. You might even call it a recruitment film.
  5. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Oct 3, 2012
    Prostitutes have inspired some of the most unforgettable characters in fiction. As for all of its effect on Angelina, she might as well have saved herself the wear and tear and stayed in the laundry.
  6. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Sep 21, 2012
    This is just a slow-moving skin flick broken up by lots of boring discussions about Cherry's future.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Sep 20, 2012
    Ah, perfect: A banal story to go with intermittently banal porn.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 3 out of 5
  1. Jan 21, 2013
    I wasn't sure what to expect from this film as I knew nothing about it. As girl girl sex seems to be the 'in' thing just now I just hoped it wasn't jumping on the bandwagon because of "Chloe" and "Black Swan". Also sexy films are doing the rounds with two new ones about Linda Lovelace planned for 2013 and "About Cherry" is a good example of a sexy film. Ashley Hinshaw certainly doesn't act like a rookie in this and manages to put her fresh faced appeal into the role as she is convincing as a newcomer to the porn industry. Instead of showing the darker side of adult film making Stephen Elliot has given a look at how family and friends are ultimately the ones who pay the price of the decisions that are made. The whole cast were good and I liked the pacing. An OK adult movie.

    Not for everyone.

  2. Mar 10, 2013
    When it comes for real addicted movies, I think this movie wins every award and heart. About Cherry isn't bad. It's actually a movie for every drama film lover. Expand
  3. Dec 2, 2012
    Is it possible to make a movie with a gorgeous girl, an alcoholic mom, innocent younger sister, a threateningly lecherous step-dad, a bad boy boyfriend, a coke addicted lawyer, and an ambiguous female porn director, all shot against artistically seedy backdrops and featuring the SF sex film industry....BORING? Apparently so - The movie dragged and stalled, the characters often seemed oddly disconnected from the events around them and the moments of fine acting that might otherwise have made true impact were swallowed up in the overall void that seemed to suck the connection and reality out of the rest of the film. One positive, Dev Patel amazingly seemed to be able to raise his role out of the vacuum enough to create a charming and believable character in spite of the odd vacancy surrounding him. Collapse
  4. Jan 23, 2013
    Great cast, crappy script, horrid production. I was waiting for the story to evolve - it never did! There was no story. About Cherry is really about nothing! There was no emotion, no care, no conflict that had any meaning. The movie was completely pointless. I didn't care for any of the characters. Their develoment was stale.


    Don't waste your time!
  5. Mar 9, 2013
    The film just doesn't provide the plot anyone will ever look for.