The 2012 film "About Cherry" was the debut film from writer/director Stephen Elliott and although it deals pornography it is pretty tame and watered down. It plays as if it's a fairy tale as told through the diluted eyes of its main character, Angelina or Cherry.
With an impressive ensemble cast that includes James Franco, Lily Taylor, Dev Patel, and Heather Graham you would think the results would be much better. Ashley Hinshaw plays Angelina, a young beautiful blonde girl who lives with her alcoholic mother, two siblings and her mother's abusive boyfriend. Unable to take it anymore she moves out to
with her possibly gay best friend Andrew (Patel). To make some extra money she agree to model
for a photographer. After that bad
experience she meets Frances (Franco), a slick lawyer at a nightclub who
introduces her to some people at an adult film company. The business is like any other as if was a
bank or a hair salon, except they make porno's.
Angelina is taken on as an actress and does solo's and girl on girl
movies, all directed by Margaret (Graham) a lesbian in a rocky relationship. I personally have no idea what the porn
industry is like but this all seems so fake and glossed over, kind of like the
content they produce. Margaret develops
a major crush on Cherry (Angelina's stage name) however she isn't gay or is
she? It's San Francisco
so anything is possible.
The movie is more about messed up personal relationships than pornography, all of which revolve around Angelina, who really isn't that interesting to begin with. The supporting characters are loosely drawn and don't seem all that believable either. We are then force fed a typical
Hollywood style ending.
Like I mentioned before the whole story could actually be a diluted
fantasy all taking place with in Angelina's mind, but it doesn't seem like
that's what the filmmakers are going for.
While watching this I though of David Lynch's " Inland
Empire" a much darker and much better film, although not
exactly similar. "About Cherry is currently available on
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