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  • Summary: The story of a young man, Sonny (Franco), living in New Orleans and trained to follow the family tradition as a paid male prostitute for wealthy women.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 4 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Lisa Nesselson
    70
    Besides "Midnight Cowboy" and "American Gigolo," there aren't many mainstream movies centered on straight male prostitutes. Sonny is a worthy, if indie-style, addition to the list.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    While compellingly watchable, it's as overheated as Cage-the-actor's 1991 soft-core (and direct-to-video) "Zandalee," also set in New Orleans.
  3. Amid the cliché and foreshadowing, Cage manages a degree of casual realism.
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    40
    It's just plain lurid when it isn't downright silly, and that "drunk cam," a blurred, cockeyed lens through which Sonny's soused point-of-view is shown, is just a terrible idea.
  5. Shows what can happen when a bunch of good actors get together without adult supervision. They emote all over the place, banging into each other, talking too loud, knocking over furniture, wallowing in clichés and otherwise behaving like rank amateurs.
  6. 20
    Preposterous and tedious, Sonny is spiked with unintentional laughter that, unfortunately, occurs too infrequently to make the film even a guilty pleasure.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. DouglasR.
    Oct 4, 2005
    10
    Extremely well done and one of the year's best films!
  2. Oct 29, 2011
    8
    acting is very good, Franco especially. at times the performances are over-wrought but Franco delivers consistently, extending an almost Dean like vulnerability beneath the strength & self-protection. I found the plot & mood of the film much better than those posted critic reviews would lead you to believe; while some of the story may be predictable it is a compelling & believable portrayal of personal struggle(s) both internally and between the characters. really liked the film, in large part based on Franco's character & performance. Expand

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