SherryBaby

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Released 2006

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Director:
Laurie Collyer
Released:
2006
Rating:
R
SherryBaby is a 2006 independent drama distributed by IFC Films. The film takes a no holds barred look at Sherry Swanson (Maggie Gyllenhaal, Secretary, Stranger Than Fiction, Batman Begins, Donnie Darko, Adaptation), a former heroin addict just released on parole after three years in prison for robbery. Returning home to New Jersey, she is desperate to stay clean and sober in order to reclaim her young daughter Alexis from her sympathetic brother Bobby (Brad William Henke, Choke, Me and You and Everyone We Know, The Assassination of Richard Nixon) and his conflicted wife Lynette (Bridget Barkan, Redacted, Everyday People, Coming Soon). Without drugs, Sherry's addictive behavior manifests itself in cigarettes, alcohol and emboldened sexual acts to get what she needs. Yet, her biggest addiction is her relentless pursuit of an idealized image of herself as a mother, and it is her disconnect with reality that produces the film's most poignant moments. Also starring Sam Bottoms and Danny Trejo.

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  • 80

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    What distinguishes the film from its many peers is the quality of Ms. Collyer's writing -- which rarely reaches for obvious, melodramatic beats -- and the precision of Ms. Gyllenha...

  • 70

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    Gyllenhaal, in her most substantial role since "Secretary," does a fine, unshowy job of limning Sherry's faults without alienating the viewer or pleading for sympathy.

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    The problem with Sherry is that, unlike Ryan Gosling's Dan in "Half Nelson," whose humanity transcends his addiction and who is still capable, no matter how uneasily, to maintain r...

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    Bridget Barkan

    Bridget Barkan

    Lynette Swanson

    Brad William Henke

    Brad William Henke

    Bobby Swanson

    Giancarlo Esposito

    Giancarlo Esposito

    Parole Officer Hernandez

    Kate Burton

    Kate Burton

    Marcia Swanson

    Danny Trejo

    Danny Trejo

    Dean Walker

    Sam Bottoms

    Sam Bottoms

    Bob Swanson Sr.

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