Sherrybaby (2006) USA
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Director:Laurie Collyer
Writer:Laurie Collyer
Rating:3.0 (10 votes)
Rated:Suitable for 15 years and over
Date Added:2009-07-23
Purchased At:Stockmann
Purchased On:2009-07-23
Picture Format:Anamorphic Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:1.85:1
Sound:DTS 5.1
Laurie Collyer  ...  (Director)
Laurie Collyer  ...  (Writer)
Maggie Gyllenhaal  ...  
Kate Burton  ...  
Sam Bottoms  ...  
Giancarlo Esposito  ...  
Brad Henke  ...  
Summary: 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"