Giving the wonderful Maggie Gyllenhaal an all-too-rare leading performance, Sherrybaby
is a moving, well told story of a recovering addict who, ultimately, is looking to be reunited with her daughter.
Sound a little bit TV movie of the week? Then youre not counting upon the considerable force of the films leading lady. Here, Gyllenhaal gives a career-best performance as Sherry Swanson, dragging the film single-handedly into a feature of real note. Its an award-worthy turn, and one that casting directors would be well advised to take note of.
The rest of Sherrybaby, inevitably, cant live up to Gyllenhaals standards, but it has quite a go. Writer-director Laurie Collyer makes a sound feature film debut (basing it loosely around the experiences of one of her friends), delivering an emotional flick with genuine depth and feeling to it. Layering in the various obstacles that sit in Sherrys way, her script gives her lead actress plenty to get her teeth into, and the movie gels well as a result.
Running to just over an hour and a half, Sherrybaby is wise too not to outstay its welcome. Because as it stands, when the end credits role, youll have been treated to one of the best performances by a Hollywood actress in leading times, and a tight, memorable drama too. --Jon Foster
Powerful and emotional drama about a young mother's attempts to regain custody of her son. Writer-director Laurie Collyer's feature debut stars Maggie Gyllenhaal as Sherry Swanson, a recovering heroin addict, who after parole from prison is determined to get her life back on track. Sherry's main objective is to re-establish a relationship with her young daughter Alexis (Ryan Simpkins), currently cared for by her brother Bobby (Brad William Henke) and his wife Lynnette (Bridget Barkan), who secretly wants to keep her. As Sherry battles to keep on the straight and narrow, she learns to play by her own rules, all the time aware that one wrong move could send her back to jail.