Filmmaker Stephen Elliott has put together an amazing cast including for “About Cherry” including; Ashley Hinshaw (“Chronicle”), Heather Graham (“Austin Powers” and “The Hangover”), Dev Patel (“Slumdog Millionaire”) and James Franco (“27 Hours”). Also featured is Lili Taylor (“Say Anything” and the great “I Shot Andy Warhol”). Lili is one of my favorite actresses.
This film is being released by “IFC.”
My headline says that this film will pull at your heart strings and indeed it will. That may not track for a lot of people as this film is about a young girl who runs away from home and becomes a porn star.
Ashley Hinshaw, who plays Cherry/Angelina, is fresh faced and impossibly beautiful. Angelina’s boyfriend (Jonny Weston) gets her a photo shoot that pays her $600.00. She uses this money to escape her small town, alcoholic mother and abusive father. The only thing she regretted leaving behind was her younger sister.
Best friend Andrew (Dev Patel) takes off with Angelina and they end up in San Francisco. Finding a cheap room to leave in on Craigslist, they move in with Paco (newcomer Vincent Palo). Paco opens a whole new world for Andrew as he takes him to a gay bar where Andrew has a great time. However, Andrew loves Angelina, having eyes only for her.
Angelina, who goes by the name of Cherry once she gets her job as a porn princess, has no idea about Andrew’s feelings. As a matter of fact, she’s not very good at gauging people’s feelings. She does leave her scum bag boyfriend, but she goes on to a wonderful (on the outside) lawyer (Franco) who isn’t what he seems to be, even though the signs were there from the minute they meet. Andrew, the person who is probably the best bet for her, but she’s oblivious to his feelings. She sleeps with him, and I do mean sleep, which puts Andrew in a ‘hard’ position.
In several dramatic and quick scenes we witness Angelina’s world get rocked to its core. Margaret (the Heather Graham character) has a similar meltdown.
If I had to pick a moral of this film, it would be to give yourself options. Everyone in this film took an option that they felt was their only one. Almost everybody probably can think back on their life and remember a time when they felt they had either no or just one option. Often that option isn’t a very good one.
You could apply the moral of this film to any walk of life, it certainly doesn’t apply only to the adult film business.
The director and writer of this film, Stephen Elliott has agreed to an interview which will run in this column.
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