Indie Gems: Cherry

An Education.

Aaron (Kyle Gallner) is an Ivy League freshman who's majoring in engineering. He's a very talented artist as well, and in his art class he meets Linda (Larua Allen) a 30 something mother that was once an alcoholic and is trying to get her life back on track. She befriends Aaron and invites him over for dinner, where he meets her rebellious 14 year old daughter, Beth. (Britt Robertson) Aaron has a hard time trying to get with Linda, and it doesn't help that Beth has feelings for him too.

I'm really starting to enjoy Kyle Gallner's (Beautiful Boy, Red State) work. The three leads had great chemistry. Aaron definitely had his hands full with Linda, who doesn't see him that way, and the aggressive come on's from Beth. They make it a point to tell you Aaron is only 17, maybe to make the relationship less creepy. I have to admit it helped, my opinion on Aaron and Beth as a couple changed dramatically from the beginning of the film to the end. Cherry is a sweet little film about first love and the stress that comes with college life.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: A

Memorable Quote: "You'll be in your 20's and an artist in New York City. You'll have groupies but that won't be enough. Then I'll come in, and you'll realize that hole in your life is filled." - Beth (Britt Robertson)


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