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Sherrybaby

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Sherrybaby, Maggie Gyllenhaal, ...

Sherrybaby

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
runtime:
96 minutes
Limited Release Date:
09/08/06
performer:
Maggie Gyllenhaal, Brad William Henke, Sam Bottoms, Giancarlo Esposito, Ryan Simpkins
director:
Laurie Collyer
author:
Laurie Collyer
genre:
Drama

We gave it a C

Shame on Screen Media Films for releasing the difficult drama Sherrybaby sans extras. Maggie Gyllenhaal is mighty good as the titular ex-con trying to reconnect with her young daughter. Sherry is at once sympathetic and utterly maddening — needing the world to bend to her, collapsing in selfish despair when it won’t — but never rote. Rarely are characters like open wounds you want to bandage and rub salt in. So where is writer-director Laurie Collyer’s commentary discussing Sherry’s creation? Or the making-of with Gyllenhaal walking us through this career high? C