Cherry [aka About Cherry] is based on a script penned by the director [Stephen Elliott] and the porn industry veteran Lorelei Lee [who also stars]. It's the story of Angelina (Ashley Hinshaw) as an 18-year-old girl who works in a small town laundrette, has an aggressive dad and alcoholic mother. Her loser boyfriend (Jonny Weston) suggests that she pose for semi-naked pictures in order to earn some cash. She is a free spirit who wants more from life and hesitantly takes the plunge after which her boyfriend has second thoughts and tells her not to do any more photo-shoots. Angelina then uses the money to run away to San Francisco with her best friend Andrew (Dev Patel). The film then portrays her gradual descent from waitress to hard core porn star. Given the subject matter the film is surprisingly restrained and Angelina' progress into hard porn is suggestive rather than blunt with a lot of things crudely said rather than seen leaving much to the viewers imagination which helps keep this out of the gutter, only toward the end does it get more graphic. Heather Graham gives a surprising performance as Margaret, a former porn star turned adult film director and takes part in one of the most explicit scenes. This single disc has no bonus features which may disappoint some, but sound and picture quality are fine. The script does falter in a few places but the film generally bounces along without dragging. This isn't ground breaking or a must see but it is watchable and entertaining, but unlike many films of this type Angelina isn't a helpless victim, but a willing participant who displays some nasty attitudes, especially toward her best friend close to the end. If you like films like Human trafficking [Robert Carlyle], Trade [Kevin Kline] or Sex Traffic [John Simm] then you may like this.
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