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About Cherry

Rated NR 102 minutes 2012

Dramas about the porn industry range from expressions of puritanical rage (Paul Schrader's Hardcore) to celebrations of open sexuality (Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights); this one manages to avoid both extremes, as well as anything else that might make it worth watching. Written by a couple of porn veterans (Stephen Elliott, who also directed, and Lorelei Lee), it tells the story of a lovely innocent (Ashley Hinshaw) who's gradually seduced by the easy money of digital porn in San Francisco. The relatively new world of online adult entertainment might have given this a fresh spin, but instead it settles into a series of tedious melodramatic situations involving the girl's alcoholic mother (Lili Taylor), her coked-out lawyer boyfriend (James Franco), her platonic but secretly lustful pal (Dev Patel), and a lesbian director who adores her (Heather Graham). This could be the first sex movie ever made in which the money shot was the first end credit.

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Director: Stephen Elliott

Cast: Ashley Hinshaw, Lili Taylor, Dev Patel, Jonny Weston, James Franco, Heather Graham, Diane Farr, Vincent Palo, Elana Krausz, Steven Wiig and Maya Donato

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