Cheri

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Released 2009

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Director:
Stephen Frears
Released:
2009
Rating:
R
Cheri takes place during the turn of the century in Belle Epoque Paris, and a scandalous romp is underfoot. The sensational tale begins as the ravishing Lea (Michelle Pfeiffer) contemplates retirement from her renowned stature as Paris' most envied seductress to the rich and famous. Her plans are cut short when she is approached by a former courtesan and arch rival, the barb-throwing gossip Charlotte Peloux (Kathy Bates), who encourages Lea to teach her disaffected 19 year-old son - a bon vivant nicknamed "Cheri" (Rupert Friend) - a thing or two about women. The resulting escapades involve power struggles over sex, money, age and society - and, unexpectedly, love itself - as a boy who refuses to grow up collides with a woman who realizes she cannot stay young forever. Director Stephen Frears ("The Queen") and screenwriter Christopher Hampton ("Atonement") reunite ("Dangerous Liaisons") to playfully bring Colette's unconventional romance, CHERI, to the screen.

Metacritic Score

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Michelle Pfeiffer is back, and her reappearance in Cheri, her best role in quite some time, underlines not only how much she's been missed but also how much the world of film has l...

  • 50

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    There's something poignant about the image of this actress (Pfeiffer) sitting in a pool of sunlight without a smile or trace of visible makeup. But she's trying to reach a characte...

  • 50

    Variety Derek Elley

    Like a passable bottle of champagne, Cheri fizzes and slides down quite easily but lacks real body and doesn't really hit the spot.

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    Drama

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    Historical, Love & Romance