About Cherry 2012 UNRATED CC

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(31) IMDb 4.8/10
Available in HD

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.

Starring:
Ashley Hinshaw, James Franco
Runtime:
1 hour 43 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices.

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About Cherry

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Stephen Elliott
Starring Ashley Hinshaw, James Franco
Supporting actors Dev Patel, Diane Farr, Jonny Weston, James Franco, Heather Graham, Maya Raines, Vincent Palo, Elana Krausz, Isaac Fitzberald, Lorelei Lee, K. Lee, Princess Donna, Sensi Pearl, Michael Torres, Robert Nelson, Viva Celso, Cully Fredricksen, James Anthony Cotton
Studio IFC Films
MPAA rating Unrated
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

This is a kind of amateurish film, with very poor character development.
Cary B. Barad
I should have known a film about a girl in the porn industry will never be about nothing much, nothing we have not seen before.
Barbara Owens
I don't really recommend any other part of the movie... unless you are an Ashley Hinshaw or James Franco fan.
hredzak

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By B. E Jackson on May 6, 2013
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About Cherry is a pretty sad movie, I think. Not sad in the usual way, though. It's about a girl played by Ashley Hinshaw that enters the porn business because she's looking for a successful career choice as well as a way to make some quick and easy cash. Working in porn -depending on the photo or movie shoot- can reward the actress anywhere from $500-1,000. To a young aspiring young actress, that's a LOT of money. She can't resist. We see the part that I was most curious about- when she first walks into a porn studio and fills out the job application. I've always had a curiosity what kind of questions they ask the girl... and as I'd feared, they're pretty blunt and direct sexual-related questions. Still, it's not enough to discourage Ashley to just walk away. She continues on.

Unfortunately the actress in this movie doesn't realize that what she's doing is widely considered inappropriate to everyone in her life. Her friends, mom, boyfriend... they all want to drill the message into her head that what she's doing is disgusting and wrong, and that when surrounded by people who care deeply about her, she shouldn't be doing it. These people appreciate Ashley for who she is but... she apparently doesn't realize it. She's so determined to become a legitimate actress plus getting a generous paycheck for participating in the sexual acts, that she doesn't seem to care what anyone else thinks. She's unaware that the people who care about her don't agree with her career decisions. The boyfriend screaming "It's DISGUSTING!" during one particular scene is a highlight. He says it over and over again to the young girl so intensely, that she tears up and basically freezes, unsure how to respond.
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60 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Mike on August 9, 2012
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I have no idea what it is like for a up and comer in the porn industry, but I imagine it would be a lot like this story...assuming you're half as beautiful as Ashley Hinshaw. The kind of beauty that makes it painful to watch her be with someone else allowing the viewer to empathize with those who are hung out to dry.

The acting is good and so is the story. For a movie with these actors I was surprised (pleasantly) at how far they were willing to go with the sexual content. I do hope you check this movie out, I do.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Cary B. Barad on June 12, 2013
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This is a kind of amateurish film, with very poor character development. In fact, we only really get to know the female lead. In contrast, portrayals of the mother, father, boyfriend and sister are empty and shallow. While there is some hint of incestuous abuse early on, this thread is cut off with no follow-up. As for the pornography, it consists primarily of some topless shots and what might be called " dirty talk." A number attractive women are also shown kissing each other. Some males also do the same. The only bright spot in this production is the physical beauty of the female lead. The ending is kind of amorphous and the acting is sometimes hysterical--as marked by over-the-top emotional outbursts. Watching this film probably won't hurt you, but I don't believe that you'll get much it of it either. For those viewers that do happen to enjoy it, consideration might be given to the very similar movie,"Starlet".
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By the fine reverend besotted on September 17, 2013
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Ashley Hinshaw is very attractive, whether in clothes or otherwise. This fact goes along way toward making this movie enjoyable. However, not enough. The problem is that the movie is more of an idea than a worked out story. The idea behind the film is that people who work at disrespected jobs (i.e. porn stars) are actually more kind, loving and honest and, therefore, are more respectable human beings than are people who work at socially respectable jobs (i.e. lawyers).

Obviously, this is not particularly true. So, the film maker chooses to bore his audience by overly focusing on the tedious background of the characters. He spends 40 of the 105 minutes on the "set up" before getting to the story proper. This is done in the apparent hope that delaying the action will signify he is portraying "reality" rather than making "fantasy". That hope, however, fails as the movie itself is basically an adult fairy tale.

Which is to say that, except for "Cherry", none of the characters are particularly developed and none has his/her own storyline. In fact, each of them is more a stereotype than an individual person.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Morbius on July 24, 2013
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I wasn't sure if I was going to like "About Cherry", but after viewing the DVD version I was very pleased with having taken the time to sit down and watch it. The performances are top notch and the story is moving. "Cherry" represents many young, troubled girls who find their way into the porn business and alternative sexual lifestyles. On some levels, the movie is graphic, raw, and disturbing, yet on other levels you see that the adult film industry is much like any other business with workers coming from varied income and racial backgrounds, but all in search of a living and perhaps a little humanity. It may not have been the intention of the filmmaker, but I came away more enlightened, seriously rethinking my own judgmental Christian view of why pornography exists. In the end, the main character "Cherry" finds a new life with some hope for the future; for her, it's a harbor of security and tenderness that I couldn't find fault with. Even in the porn business there are good people just trying to make a living (of course, the shadow cast across the industry is the fact that a lot of workers are being exploited, although to be fair to the facts, not all performers are; bringing these workers "out of the shadows" with trade bargaining rights and health care options might be a good step to adding some dignity to the profession). Considering the billions of dollars generated by the adult trade worldwide, it's a major, albeit largely underground, economic sector that is simply not going away; better to understand it and come to terms with its reality.
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