2006   USA Sherrybaby
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Director:Laurie Collyer
Studio:Universal Studios
Writer:Laurie Collyer
IMDb Rating:6.7 (7,040 votes)
Awards:Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 6 nominations
Duration:96 min
Laurie Collyer  ...  (Director)
Laurie Collyer  ...  (Writer)
Maggie Gyllenhaal  ...  Sherry Swanson
Michelle Hurst  ...  Dorothy Washington
Sandra Rodríguez  ...  Desi
Anna Simpson  ...  Sabrina
Giancarlo Esposito  ...  Parole Officer Hernandez
Caroline Clay  ...  Parole Officer Murphy
Rio Hackford  ...  Andy Kelly
Brad William Henke  ...  Bobby Swanson
Bridget Barkan  ...  Lynette Swanson
Ryan Simpkins  ...  Alexis Parks
Stephen Peabody  ...  Mr. Monroe
Danny Trejo  ...  Dean Walker
Sam Bottoms  ...  Bob Swanson Sr.
Kate Burton  ...  Marcia Swanson
Michael Dillon  ...  Child at Birthday Party
Russell Lee Fine  ...  Cinematographer
Curtiss Clayton  ...  Editor
Joe Landauer  ...  Editor
Comments: What a surprise! A very smart and subtle script about a woman's inability to reunite with her young daughter and the rest of her family after spending a few years in jail. Maggie Gyllenhaal nails the character. In the hands of a lesser actress there are a few scenes that might not have been pulled off. But Maggie Gyllenhaal's strong and nuanced portrayal allow for this film to explore emotional depths in a very subtle way.

Summary: A disturbing film about a recovering drug addict trying to regain control of her life, Sherrybaby succinctly depicts what can happen when want and desire aren't offset by control. In this bleak indie film, Sherry Swanson (Maggie Gyllenhaal, Stranger Than Fiction, Secretary) has just been released from a three-year stint in prison. Dressed in her inappropriate uniform of a halter top and oh-so-high platform heels, she goes to brother's house to see her 5-year-old daughter, Lexie (Ryan Simpkins). Sherry is determined to be a mother to her child, but without a home, job, or any other form of stability, she grows frustrated and jealous of her brother and sister-in-law's roles in Lexie's life. Tall and willowy, Gyllenhaal brings a sad desperation and simmering sexuality to the role. Sherry's middle-class childhood was a blur of sex and drugs, and she seems incapable of breaking out of that destructive trap. While the script by first-time feature film director Laurie Collyer isn't wholly original, the picture moves at a good pace, giving insight as to why Sherry's resigned to using sex to get what she wants. While the family secret doesn't come as a complete surprise, it is somewhat perplexing that no one addresses it. Ultimately, it's Gyllenhaal who makes you care about a character that most people would've given up on. --Jae-Ha Kim

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