TrustMovies to be a relatively unusual stance by looking at the pornography business -- as it exists, at least, in the San Francisco-based venue seen here -- as a business first, with any judgmental views running a distant second. Even seen as that business, the industry wins no awards: It's clearly sexist, and second-rate so far as polite society is concerned, not to mention what it may or may not do to the young girls who get involved here, and to the soceity at large on which its product is unleashed. Yet About Cherry does not demonize its pornography, the product or people involved, but merely shows it as it is -- for which intelligent film-goers should be grateful.
Dev Patel (shown above, right, with Ms Hinshaw) his richest role so far, as the best friend and silent, would-be lover of Angelina. Mr. Patel, after larger and more important -- though completely clichéd -- roles in Slumdog Millionaire and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, here sinks his teeth into the part of a slightly geeky but quite lovely young man who cares deeply for this girl of his dreams but is too unsure of himself (and of her) to speak or act upon it. The scene in which he goes out to party with his gay roommate and finds that lots of other young men are attracted to him is delightful and moving.
Lili Taylor, below, who remains as good as she always was, here playing the parent figure as someone who cares most about her daughter when it suits her own purposes.
IFC Midnight series and running 102 minutes, opens theatrically today, Friday, September 21. Here in New York City, it's playing at the IFC Center, but for one screening only Friday and Saturday (around midnight), then Monday and Tuesday in the early PM). It has also been available via VOD for the past month or so and will continue there for some time to come.