Sonny (2002)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  21 March 2003 (Greece)
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An honorably discharged soldier returns home to New Orleans, hoping to break away from his upbringing as a trained prostitute, but his brothel-madam mother has other expectations.



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Maitre d'


New Orleans, 1981. Sonny Phillips, just discharged from the Army, returns home where the only life he's known is as a gigolo working for his mother. He wants to leave that behind, but the job his Army buddy promised doesn't materialize, and he can't escape his past. Written by Jon Reeves <>

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His life was the morning after, until he decided to change the night before.


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, language, some drug use and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 March 2003 (Greece)  »

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Pony Rides  »

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Opening Weekend:

$17,639 (USA) (27 December 2002)


$19,782 (Hong Kong) (17 October 2003)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In 2010, New York Magazine reported that while doing research for his role in Sonny (2002), 'James Franco' visited male strip clubs in New Orleans and also followed a male prostitute around, even into a hotel room while the prostitute did his job. See more »


Sonny: We ALL failures, Mama.
Jewel: You see, that's easier to say than to live with.
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Brilliant Acting, Interesting Story
31 May 2007 | by (United Arab Emirates) – See all my reviews

Sonny is a brilliant story of a young man who desperately wants to leave his past behind and begin a new life. However, the past catches up with him and he has no choice but to revert to the life he so longed to leave behind. The acting in this film is absolutely brilliant. James Franco doesn't cease to surprise me with his powerful performances. He's definitely fantastic in this film. Nicholas Cage's directorial debut is not bad, but there were a couple of loopholes in the plot which he could have filled in. Despite that, he's done quite a good job. Sonny is a great drama and a must-watch. I think it definitely deserves a 9/10.

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