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Cherish (2002)

Robin Tunney , Tim Blake Nelson , Finn Taylor  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robin Tunney, Tim Blake Nelson, Brad Hunt, Liz Phair, Lindsay Crouse
  • Directors: Finn Taylor
  • Writers: Finn Taylor
  • Producers: Debbie Brubaker, Jeff Boortz, John Sideropoulos, Johnny Wow, Joseph Middleton
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000714E7
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,926 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cherish" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Behind-the-scenes featurette
  • Deleted scene: Zoe Alone
  • Alternate ending

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Zoe Adler (Robin Tunney) is a lonely nerd working at a hip online company. Her ice-queen boss, Brynn (indie rock idol Liz Phair), doesn't respect her, and her gorgeous coworker, Andrew (Jason Priestley), is friendly, but unaware of her lust for him. After a work party, a stalker assaults Zoe, hiding in her car and forcing her to drive. They run a red light, hit and kill a cop, and the stalker disappears into the night. Zoe is taken into custody and is soon sent home wearing an electronic bracelet that makes it impossible for her to leave her apartment. As the weeks pass until her trial, Zoe spends her time roller skating around her loft and watching her neighbors. Deputy Bill (Tim Blake Nelson) periodically stops by to check on Zoe, and in time they fall in love. When Zoe proclaims her innocence to Bill, he gives her a nine-hour window in which to go out and find the stalker who's really responsible for the cop's death. This unlikely comedy, directed by Finn Taylor (DREAM WITH THE FISHES), is driven by Tunney's irresistible charm in the role of Zoe. In addition, the entire film is bathed in the nostalgic sounds of pop music from the 1970s and '80s, featuring eclectic hits from Hall and Oates, The Human League, and Modern English Brad Hunt, Robin Tunney, Liz Phair, Lindsay Crouse, and Tim Blake Nelson

Cherish starts out with a promising idea: An erratic young woman named Zoe (Robin Tunney, The Craft, Niagara, Niagara) under house arrest with a bracelet around her ankle that sets off an alarm if she tries to leave her apartment, begins an unlikely romance with Bill (Tim Blake Nelson, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Good Girl), the lonely guy who monitors the bracelet. Unfortunately, about halfway through the movie mutates into a poorly thought-out thriller, in which Zoe tries to trap the stalker who got her arrested in the first place. Tunney and Nelson are both engaging, inventive actors; if the movie had trusted their charm, instead of trying to concoct implausible plot twists, this could have been delightful. Also featuring Jason Priestley, Nora Dunn, and indie rock star Liz Phair. --Bret Fetzer

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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I loved this movie. The plot is summarized well in the other reviews, but I'll give a quick rundown: a socially awkward, lonely computer animator named Zoe (Robin Tunney), who tries to fill up her alone time by dating men who never call her back, crashes a party of co-workers at a local bar, has too much to drink, gets carjacked by a guy who's been stalking her, runs into and kills a police officer, and ends up under house arrest awaiting her trial, confined to her apartment by an electronic ankle bracelet.
It's Zoe's worst fear: being confined with only herself as company. But once alone in her apartment, she transforms from a tentative, clingy woman who looks outside herself for approval into a charming, independent woman who finds her strength within. In the process, she forms a bond with her disabled downstairs neighbor and develops a romance with deputy Bill (perfectly played by Tim Blake Nelson), who comes to tend her ankle bracelet.
This romance is the best thing about the movie. In the DVD commentary, the director (Finn Taylor) says the script originally didn't focus as much on the romance, but the chemistry between Tunney and Nelson was so good that he changed the movie to focus more on them. Many reviewers felt that the movie should have focused *completely* on that relationship, and on Zoe's inner development, instead of shifting gears into a thriller in the last 20 minutes, when Zoe runs around San Francisco trying to prove her innocence.
This movie was also attacked by several reviewers for being "unrealistic," but let's face it, what movie *is* realistic? To me, the success of a movie rests not on its ability to be "true-to-life," but on whether it creates a cohesive, engaging world and draws you into it, and this movie does that.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cherish is the word I use to describe (this movie) February 3, 2003
Cherish became one of my favorite films of 2002. The plot is refreshing and original--An eccentric woman named Zoe (Robin Tunney of The Craft and End of Days) accused of murdering a cop, goes under house arrest with the bracelet program (the bracelet on her ankle sets off an alarm if she tries to leave her apartment), and begins an unlikely romance with Bill (Tim Blake Nelson of O Brother, Where Art Thou? and The Good Girl), the lonely and lovestruck man who monitors the program. Finn Yaylor's directing is superb and the soundtrack of 80's music is absolutely fantastic. Add to that a supporting cast feauturing Jason Priestly (perhaps sending up his 90210 character?), Nora Dunn, and indie rocker Liz Phair, a suspenseful, edge-of-the-seat climax, plus a semi-shocking revelation, and you have a truly enjoyable, extremely memorable film. I loved it!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely charming. A great indie date flick. December 10, 2002
Alfred Hitchcock once said you can make a film using a closet as its only location if you know what you're doing. Well, the loft that is the main location of CHERISH is a lot larger than a closet, but nonetheless the filmmakers use it perfectly. The viewer never feels as trapped as Robin Tunney's beautifully developed character Zoe. (One of the best understated performances of recent memory! Made me wish we saw more of this fine actress.) The set up is quick and to the point, getting us into the loft and Zoe's head. The cinematography is always inventive, the set design imaginative, costumes perfect, and the supporting players believably weird (and with a low budget, those are very high compliments). And did I mention the soundtrack? Wow! Not being a fan of cheesy 80s music, I was a little worried, but somehow it all works. (Anyone who can make good use of a Halls & Oates song has talent!)
I first saw a preview for CHERISH while working on a movie in LA over the summer, but it opened the weekend we began filming, and I couldn't take it in. I watched it today (on its first day of DVD release), and wish now I had sucked it up, gave up a little sleep, and caught in in Santa Monica.
CHERISH is easily on my top-10 list for best movies of 2002.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One terrific film that went unnoticed April 23, 2006
Sometimes it doesn't take the big name Hollywood studio or the big name Hollywood star to make a very good movie. Such is the case with the movie "Cherish". "Cherish" is one of those films I happened to stumble on. I'd categorize "Cherish" as an "Indie" (independent) film. After watching the movie, I realized that this was one of the most entertaining movies I had seen in some time. In addition, the movie uncovers perhaps one of the best, yet unnoticed acting performances in recent years by Robin Tunney. I'm very surprised that Tunney did not go on to bigger and better things following "Cherish" because she delivers a performance that could have easily be Academy Award material.

In "Cherish", Tunney plays Zoe Adler. Zoe is someone who is basically socially inept and somewhat of an introvert. Zoe struggles with her lack of social skills both in the office (where she works as a computer animator) and in the social scene as well. She is also romanticist who loves 1970s and 1980s music and gets immersed in the songs of that era. Unknown to Zoe, she is being pursued and followed by a stalker (played by Brad Hunt) Zoe's life will change when the stalker finds Zoe going to her car to pick up her cell phone. The stalker takes Zoe hostage and forces her to drive. When a police officer discovers that something strange is going on in the car, the stalker takes control, runs down the police officer and kills him. Following the incident, the stalker leaves the scene and Zoe is left facing a homicide charge. While awaiting her trial, her lawyer arranges for Zoe to be put in the "Bracelet Program". This is a program that essentially places Zoe under house arrest and uses a bracelet to electronically track that Zoe stays indeed under house arrest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie!!
Published 28 days ago by one service tech
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a movie I can watch over & over ~
I love, love this movie !
I am glad I found it here to purchase.
You won't be disapointed.
Published 1 month ago by Rainie
5.0 out of 5 stars CHERISH
This movie is awsome!!! It is one of my moms favorite movies that is why she made me order it on amazon when I told her they had it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Maribel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Highly underrated, the leads (played by Robin Tunney and Tim Blake Nelson) use their characters' offbeat quirkiness to win your heart rather than baffle you. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ken R
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MOVIE!!
I originally bought this movie to replace an identical one I purchased from Amazon that I misplaced. Now I have 2 copies! Robin Tunney delivers wonderfully in this movie. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Monica Garrison
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute movie
A nice enjoyable movie. It was not as funny as I thought it would be, but that is okay. It was a pleasure to watch light comedy with very good background music to round it out.
Published 13 months ago by WUFFMAN
4.0 out of 5 stars Good suspense
Good older style suspense. Shows the good in people and the bad. Kept you guessing who the bad guy was. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Steve Holicky
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceeded my expectations
I really enjoyed this movie. It is one of those quirky movies that you might think is going to be silly and after watching it, you cannot wait to see it again.
Published 14 months ago by Melissa Shirley
3.0 out of 5 stars Tim Blake Nelson and Liz Phair de-grunged (THANK GOD)
I find Liz Phair monochromatic disturbing but she is unrecognizable as a Mean Girl/Queen Bee in this - thank you! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Dwight
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show
I watched this movie and thought I was right there with her the whole time. Amazing time-lapse effect and the ending was unexpected nail biter.
Published 14 months ago by Mike
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