MVD Visual // 2010 // 94 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Appellate Judge Daryl Loomis // January 11th, 2013
We are all victims of our urges.
Ladies' man Sam Reyes (Rey Valentin) and lonely loser Brian Cherry (David Crane) couldn't be more different, but they've been best friends since they were kids. Sam tries to give him advice to improve his love life, but Brian never gets it. At a bar one night, Sam sets him up with the lovely Jules (Lili Bordán, A Love Affair of Sorts). They get together fast and, soon, Brian is in love. But love turns to hate when Jules leaves him for his best friend.
Cherry is a movie about selfishness and only selfishness, which makes the whole thing pretty hard to like. Sam and Jules are two of the more hateable characters you're likely to find, going so far as to have a conversation about it with each other. Sam talks to Brian constantly about being selfish and taking what he wants, then demonstrates the philosophy on Jules, who is perfectly willing to jump in the sack as soon as he suggests it.
In so many ways, though, the worst character of all is the one who is supposed to be the hero. Brian, however, is no hero, just a sad sack for three-quarters of the movie. He's miserable before he meets Jules, a wretch while he's with her, and worse still after she leaves him. When he finds out the truth about Jules, he decided to take Sam up on his advice and be selfish, but in the most over-the-top, destructive way possible.
The characterizations are terrible, but the performances themselves are pretty decent for the kind of inane things they have to do. It's a three person show, for the most part, and the trio holds up their end of the deal. Director Quinn Saunders shows some aptitude for filmmaking in his first feature, as well, with a story that moves quickly through its acts. It's still a miserable, depressing movie, but the director shows talent here. He just might want to lighten up a little bit.
What's supposed to be brooding drama comes off as smarmy and whiny, with nobody to care about, and a seemingly terrible attitude about life. When the strongest thing I can say about it is that it isn't boring, it probably means that one should take a pass on Cherry.
MVD presents a bare bones DVD for Cherry, though it's not a bad looking disc. The 2.35:1 image transfer has a good filmic quality that is sometimes a little soft, but mostly looks solid. The stereo sound mix is decent, but unremarkable in any way. With only a trailer for features, the disc is pretty hard to recommend.
Cherry as a whole package is hard to recommend, really. The performances are decent for what they are, and the plot moves at a decent pace. The characters are brutal jerks and the attitude of the story is so negative, though, that it couldn't move fast enough for me to enjoy a minute of it.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: MVD Visual
* 2.35:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 94 Minutes
Release Year: 2010
MPAA Rating: Not Rated