Thursday, July 05, 2007

Sherrybaby (2006)

***½
USA

A generic recovering-junkie indie, elevated into something considerably more absorbing by Maggie Gyllenhaal's blistering performance. In a role that most actresses would approach as misty-eyed Oscarbait, she is fierce, she is comfortably vulgar and she refuses to submit to the junkie-with-a-heart-of-gold stereotype. She lends the picture some grit, resonance and conviction that very likely didn't exist in the original draft.

wr/dir: Laurie Collyer
cast: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Brad William Henke, Sam Bottoms, Danny Trejo, Kate Burton, Giancarlo Esposito, Ryan Simpkins, Rio Hackford

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