About Cherry

Of course you do. We’ve talked quite a bit about Stephen Elliot’s About Cherry here on the site, and now all our lovely Gotham-based readers have the chance to actually go see the film for free tonight in the Big Apple (we know no one calls it that, but About Cherry is about being starry-eyed, and damn if we aren’t too). About Cherry will screen tonight, Tuesday, September 18th, at 7:30PM at the IFC Center, thanks to IFC Midnight and Fleshbot, and you can go.

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Some movies have concepts that are hard sells and immediately put them at a disadvantage. Shoot a story that on its surface seems challenging or boring, and you’re really going to have to convince your audience that you’ve done your job well in order for them to give your work a chance. And then there are movies like About Cherry, which could look like the most poorly crafted film of the year, and would still get everyone’s attention. That’s because About Cherry is about a fresh young hunk of meat (Chronicle‘s Ashley Hinshaw) just getting into the porn industry; a subject that pretty much anyone can find at least some way to get excited about. And it’s also a subject that seems to give advertisers a lot of leeway in how they want to sell their product. While About Cherry’s first trailer seemed to sell it primarily as an indie romance about youth and finding love, the latest seems to sell it as much more of a slick and moody drama about the dark side of the entertainment industry. We’re shown a lot more footage of the porny stuff getting filmed, which seems to be the hard sell, and then we hear the naive young protagonist describe a coked-up James Franco as being “the nicest guy,” which introduces an unsettling amount of dread.

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Performance artist James Franco tangles himself up with so many projects that it’s nearly impossible to keep track of them all – in fact, it seems likely that even Franco has forgotten about Stephen Elliott‘s About Cherry (formerly known just as Cherry), but we certainly haven’t! The film premiered back at the Berlin Film Festival, but even buzz words like “coked out lawyer James Franco” and “teenage porn star” and “also Heather Graham” didn’t seem to put too much heat on the thing (our own Cole Abaius even missed seeing it, and he lives in Germany), and it’s been but a fuzzy dream since we saw the film’s trailer back in February. Yet, About Cherry is still a film and it’s actually getting released later this year. We even have its salacious new poster to prove it! The film follows teenager Angelina (Ashley Hinshaw), who runs away from home with her best pal (Dev Patel, for some reason), armed only with some nudie pix her boyfriend snapped of her and the cash proceeds from selling off such pix (nice boyfriend, Angelina). Once in the dreamy pornland of San Francisco, Angelina gets caught up with bartending, stripping, a coked-out lawyer played by Franco, and adult films. It is every parent’s worst nightmare. Let’s check out the film’s schoolgirl fantasy-influenced poster after the break, why don’t we?

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