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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 theThis 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

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Where About Cherry fails is in its depiction of interpersonal relationships. Nearly all of them are flat and uninspired.

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.

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.

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.

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.

This is just a slow-moving skin flick broken up by lots of boring discussions about Cherry’s future.

Ah, perfect: A banal story to go with intermittently banal porn.