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This Cherry Has More than One Stem,
This review is from: Cherry (DVD)
Indy flicks are alive and well and this is a good one to wrap your head around.
Here's the scoop. Aaron is in college, ahead of his time, enrolled in an advanced engineering program. His mom is overbearing and his dad in milquetoast. He really would rather be an artist. He gets involved with and older woman student who has a rough past. Her daughter starts to dig him and there is kind of a cool female student in the wings. It all gets really messy.
As in all good indy films the writing and acting are at the heart. The set-ups might not be too original, and you see fairly early on where these set-ups might lead, but it's still full of surprises. Aaron is younger than his classmates and gets involved with things that are beyond his years. He navigates through the situations as best he can but they are messy and he's lucky he's smart and has a good heart. A lesser person would have been eaten alive. He likes Linda, the older woman. He's too young for her. Her daughter likes him. She's too young for him. Then there's Wes (Esai Morales) who's a cop also in love with Linda. Each character is on the brink of going off the deep end. They stumble and bumble but end up none the worse for wear.
They dot the film with glimpses of his artwork and fill it with a lot of nifty tunes. Enough was spent on production to give it a professional sheen. You like these folks. None of them are bad. They just have issues that are at odds with one another. Aaron is having difficulty with his big engineering project (walking on water) so the viewer really wants to see if he'll nail it. How will the relationships work out. I was satisfied with the way things played out. Everybody wins (or at least doesn't lose) in a way that didn't seem too pat. Kyle Gallner, as Aaron, played the doe-eyed card a bit too much. Esai was steady. Laura Allen and Britt Robertson did well as mom and daughter. Zosia Mamet as Darcy left me wanting more. I would like to see a sequel to see if her and Aaron have any relationship in the future.
This is a cool flick with a lot going for it. If indy films are your poison, this should do you well.