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Sherrybaby (2006)

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Sherry tries to integrate again into society and become a good mother.

Director:

Laurie Collyer

Writer:

Laurie Collyer
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 10 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Sherry Swanson
Michelle Hurst ... Dorothy Washington
Sandra Rodríguez Sandra Rodríguez ... Desi
Anna Simpson ... Sabrina
Giancarlo Esposito ... Parole Officer Hernandez
Caroline Clay 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 Michael Dillon ... Child at Birthday Party
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Sherry Swanson returns home to New Jersey after serving a three year prison sentence. Eager to reestablish a relationship with her young daughter, Sherry soon discovers that coming back to the world she left behind is far more difficult than she had planned. Written by Anonymous

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No one makes it alone.

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Drama

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Rated R for strong sexuality, nudity, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Ryan Simpkins lost four teeth on the set. See more »

Goofs

When Sherry visits her parole officer at the start of the movie she states that her brother lives at 1334 Ridge Street. At the end of the movie, after Sherry drops Lexie off, the number on the post outside her brother's house clearly reads "1642." See more »

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[Sherry has just sat down at the beginning of an AA meeting]
Dean Walker: My name is Dean, I'm an alcoholic and an addict
[Entire group says, "Hi Dean."]
Dean Walker: Genesis Recovery is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that may solve their common problems and help others to recover from alcoholism and drug addiction. Is their anyone here tonight who feels the need to drink or use?
[Sherry raises her hand as she bites her nails]
Dean Walker: Go ahead little sister. Don't be shy.
Sherry Swanson: ...
[...]
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Features The Jerry Springer Show (1991) See more »

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Row, Row, Row, Your Boat
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It's a tough subject definitely not easy to swallow, but w-d Laurie Collyer's film reinforced by a fearless performance from Maggie Gyllenhaal is worth appreciating
2 December 2006 | by ruby_fffSee all my reviews

I saw the film back in September 2006, and I can still remember what a strong, dauntless performance Maggie Gyllenhaal delivered in w-d Laurie Collyer's debut film "SherryBaby". Yes, I believe the young child actor (Ryan Simpkins) portraying her daughter Alexis is remarkable, but Ms. Gyllenhaal's Sherry Swanson character inhabited stays. She was in d- Marc Foster's "Stranger Than Fiction" playing opposite Will Ferrell, it's another dependable delivery as expected. To truly appreciate Ms. Gyllenhaal beyond her famed role opposite James Spader in d- Steven Shainberg's "Secretary" 2002 (screenplay by Erin Cressida Wilson), one really should watch her in "SherryBaby."

The film appears to be so simply delivered that it's more than meets the eye. Probably, not until you discovered/realized the possible reason(s) behind her drug habit and what drove Sherry to her irregular/irresponsible behaviors displayed, it could be difficult to watch the 'destructive' almost hopelessly helpless scenes in the film. W-d Collyer took the risk of not trying to provide palatable or toned-down storyline, but gave it to us tough as it should be, but thoughtful. It's hard medicine at best with no apology. And hope, in spite of it all, is what Collyer wants to generate. Hang in there, the ending is worth waiting for and I love the ending credit roll song (which, most of the time I noticed, provides the central theme of what the film we just watched): "When I Find My Life" - a song by Marianne Faithful, sung by Dana Fuchs [1]. The lyrics were spot-on describing the sentiments we experienced with Sherry and her family. She is so lucky to have such a caring, observant brother, Bobby Swanson - a sensitive, low-key performance by Brad William Henke which I appreciate. There are also steady supporting cast from Danny Trejo as 12-step veteran/eventual friend Dean, Giancarlo Esposito as the firm (though not without heart) Parole Officer Hernandez, Bridget Barkan as Bobby's wife Lynette (whom Alexis gotten used to and grew to love), Samuel Bottoms as Dad Swanson (not an easy distinction of the father-daughter relationship at first glance). Together, filmmaker Laurie Collyer and actor Maggie Gyllenhaal gave us a worthwhile "SherryBaby" - it may not be pleasant for everyone (NFE) but it dares - not reticent in telling like it is.

This film does remind me of w-d Olivier Assayas' "Clean" 2004, the French production with Maggie Cheung and Nick Nolte, also about a (drug/prison) rehabilitated mother trying to redeem herself and gain back her son's faith. (Available on DVD). Also, reminds me of w-d Cristina Comencini's "Don't Tell" 2005, an Italian film aka 'The Beast in the Heart', involves a sister-brother supportive relationship of similar topic. "SherryBaby" is by far grittier in its depiction and the tumultuous emotional journey complete.

[1] The lyrics of the song "When I Find My Life" is available online. Such poignant words: 'Oh, i will free the bird in me, Oh, when i find my life. What i always knew could be, Oh, when i find my life.' 'I will see the truth in me' 'I will let go the pain' 'I will reach beyond the strain' 'Fear of lost and fear of pain'. Enter for search: lyrics, "when I find my life" -- and you should get results to Marianne Faithful lyrics.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 2007 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Shall Not Want See more »

Filming Locations:

Mountainside, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,774, 10 September 2006

Gross USA:

$199,176

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$622,806
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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