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Sherrybaby [2006] [DVD]

Maggie Gyllenhaal , Kate Burton , Laurie Collyer    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Kate Burton, Sam Bottoms, Giancarlo Esposito, Brad Henke
  • Directors: Laurie Collyer
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Metrodome
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Jan 2008
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WGUPV6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,706 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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 you’re not counting upon the considerable force of the film’s leading lady. Here, Gyllenhaal gives a career-best performance as Sherry Swanson, dragging the film single-handedly into a feature of real note. It’s an award-worthy turn, and one that casting directors would be well advised to take note of.

The rest of Sherrybaby, inevitably, can’t live up to Gyllenhaal’s 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 Sherry’s 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, you’ll have been treated to one of the best performances by a Hollywood actress in leading times, and a tight, memorable drama too. --Jon Foster

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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.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tough, important, but what's new on offer? 25 Oct 2011
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Sherry Swanson returns home to New Jersey after serving a three year prison sentence for theft to feed her drug habits. Wishing to go straight and be a proper mother to her young daughter, Sherry soon finds that it's going to be harder than she had initially hoped.

I honestly in no way want to be detrimental to the story on offer here, these are realistic problems that are handled adroitly and given care and attention by all involved. Whilst the lead performance from Maggie Gyllenhaal is right from the top draw, providing evidence that a fine actress is there if she wants to keep challenging herself. I just felt so flat after watching it, what has it achieved come the finale? What makes this stand out from the ream of similar pictures that have dealt with these kind of topics over the years? The answer, sadly, is nothing, perhaps we are at such a desensitised stage in cinema that sex for favours, drugs are hell and destitute ex cons fail to engage us? Even the curve ball thrown in here is very much expected, we feel angry and sickened, yes, but it ultimately comes off as being a shock tactic, no matter how real it is.

I fully understand that there are people who will appreciate the subtle slow burn of the piece, not every one likes the sledge hammer approach that we get in something like Requiem For A Dream for example. Yet in spite of its competent and poignant approach work, Sherrybaby falls way way short of making the impact that I'm sure director/writer Laurie Collyer would have aimed for, and that's as much a shame as Sherry Swanson's life is in the film. 6/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars Facinating film 17 Aug 2013
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Maggie Gyllenhaal is always interesting and sexy in the films that she chooses, this one is not one of her best, but it is well acted and very believable.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enteraining 6 Mar 2013
By DavidJ
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I quite enjoyed this film although it falls short of 'Secretary'. A good film though for fans of Maggie Gyllenhaal
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3.0 out of 5 stars nothing new here really 29 Jun 2009
By David Spanswick VINE VOICE
A worthy film expanding the limited genre exploring the role of the working class woman in America, unfortunately there is an awful smugness about the whole affair and an overall feel of a little girl attracting daddy by wearing mummy's high heels.

It was badly in need of a rewrite, the director needed to delegate and not keep all the best cards to herself.

The central performance by Maggie Gyllenhaal is excellent; she works really hard to make Sherry a credible anti heroine, its just a shame she is trapped by the predicability of the script.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Dennis Littrell TOP 500 REVIEWER
She is what she is. She is not able to restrain herself. She needs gratification. She can't postpone it. She succumbs to whatever it is, sex, heroin, alcohol, She is impulsive and she flies off the handle easily. She doesn't know that she behaves badly. She doesn't know that is not the way to dress. Or perhaps she does. She needs to be gratified, and so probably that is why she dresses that way.

She was sexually abused by her father who loved her. But who does she love? She desperately wants her daughter to love her. Do you love me? she asks. Say, "I love you, Mommie." The child does, but suddenly--and this is the denouement of the movie--Sherry realizes that there is some question about whether the child should love her. Yes, she has the stretch marks, but really does she deserve the title of "mother"? And does she love herself? Probably not, and maybe that is her biggest problem. It is said that women who are always seeking sex are really seeking a love that they cannot find. One always feels that if only they would pick the right man. But this is an illusion. There is no right man until she is the right woman.

Maggie Gyllenhaal does an outstanding job of becoming this woman who is lost in this world without a compass as to how she should behave and why, who is lost to everything but her immediate feelings. She is a child emotionally and she cannot understand why it is that life is so hard for her and why the world is so cruel.

This is a masterful portrait of a kind of person that is part of humanity. A good person at heart, not someone who would do others deliberate harm, but a person who is blind to who she is and to how others see her. Into what world does belong? is a question I kept asking myself.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
This is undoubtedly a stand out performance from maggie who plays the troubled sherry to perfection. this is not a film where there is an obvious story and does not finalise in any specific way, it is more of a journey through the life a young woman who is surviving in a relentless world in any which way she can. People must watch this film for the brilliant direction and as mentioned the star performance of the main character. As an avid film fan, I am always sceptical about the amount of rubbish films that are produced but this film really does shine through even though it has many vulgar, distressing and raw scenes. this film is worth watching just for acting alone, yet has so much more to offer.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maggie Gyllenhaal..... Brilliant! 17 May 2009
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Maggie Gyllenhaal gives one of the most intense performances I have ever seen. She is absolutely breathtaking in her fearless portrayal of Sherry Swanson, ex-con, drug addict, and single mother. I honestly feel that she is the greatest actress of her generation after seeing her in Sherrybaby, Secretary and Donnie Darko.

The film remains totally realistic throughout and the gloom that pervades never brightens. As in real life, Sherry Swanson's path is difficult and messy, and the ending is left open to your own interpretation. Excellent directing and camerawork - a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

The DVD. There are options for 2.0 Stereo, or 5.1 Surround. Subtitles in English are available for the Hard of Hearing. The extras:

* Interview with Maggie Gyllenhaal
* Inverview with Danny Trejo
* Q&A with director Laurie Collyer (Text)
* Theatrical Trailer
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
very good story
Published 19 days ago by mrs margaret jones
3.0 out of 5 stars another good film from the lovely maggie gyllenhaal
Maggie gyllenhaal puts in an excellent performance in "sherry baby", but this film was not as interesting as some of her other films.
Published 15 months ago by a.c. franklin
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry NO sherry for me
Maggie Gyllenhaal is usually a class act. She has been in some fabulous films like DONNIE DARKO. But this is a slow, drab, bleak, long, featureless grind (of a film). Read more
Published on 25 July 2012 by TwentyTwenty
3.0 out of 5 stars Sherrybaby
Delivered on time and in good condition.
The film is ok I have seen much better. The reason for purchase was because it was reccomended to me.
Published on 17 Sep 2011 by Mr. Graham Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good but difficult subject matter
I'm surprised by some of the reviews I've read here - I think Maggie Gyllenhaal is excellent in "Sherrybaby", but so is everything else. Read more
Published on 8 Aug 2011 by Blik Snyman
2.0 out of 5 stars Sherrybaby
A very sad and slow movie, very well acted and produced but just slow and boring, I recommend that you see it before you buy, I read alot of review on the film and it sounded like... Read more
Published on 6 Feb 2009 by D. A. George
2.0 out of 5 stars Maggie is good, shame about the film
Maggie Gyllenhaal plays a great addict/loser in this rather depressing and dull film. I kept it on fast forward for most of the film and got what was going on without having to... Read more
Published on 16 April 2008 by Charles Gosling
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent arthouse film
I won't delve into the plot synopsis as Amazon have already covered that. The first point to make about this film is that Maggie Gylenhall really suprised me in this.. Read more
Published on 7 Feb 2008 by Mr. L. C. Rothery
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