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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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 <jreeves@imdb.com>

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

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

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

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$17,639 (USA) (27 December 2002)
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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 »

Quotes

Henry: All them squares out there, they got just as many problems as you've got.
Sonny: So you think I should stay, too?
Henry: No, I... I ain't sayin' that. I'm just... I just... I just want you to understand that if you... if you're goin' to the other side, that-that you're gonna inherit a whole new set of problems. Stayin' or goin' is up to you. I care for you, boy. I just don't want you gettin' in t' anything that you can't handle.
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Soundtracks

Concerto No. 4 in F minor, Op. 8, RV 297,
L'inverno" (Winter) - 2. Largo"
From "The Four Seasons" (1723)
Composed by Antonio Vivaldi
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good flick
25 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

i am a film student and i make it a point to stay up till 330 a.m just to watch movies like this. first there were slow moments, and some forced actions between characters, but franco's acting is always superb. i mean the shot where he flips out in the car, or when he screams at the naked girl on the floor. directing is basic. the editing is fast and tells the story well. i liked all the characters, the mother had me hating her the second she spoke and james made me feel bad for his character.

i honestly think that if you want to see a good undiscovered movie that wont win awards, but can be picked apart for joy and scrutiny then this will do it. overall acting is very well, and the story has a few plot holes but if you watch the direction the director wants you to then it makes up for it


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