Sherrybaby (2006)

R  |   |  Drama  |  9 February 2007 (Sweden)
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Sherry tries to integrate again into society and become a good mother.



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Sherry Swanson returns home to New Jersey after serving a three year prison sentence. Eager to reestablish a relationship with her young daughter, Sherry soon discovers that coming back to the world she left behind is far more difficult than she had planned. Written by Anonymous

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No one makes it alone.



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Rated R for strong sexuality, nudity, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 February 2007 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Shall Not Want  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$34,774 (USA) (8 September 2006)


£36,036 (UK) (27 July 2007)

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Ryan Simpkins lost four teeth on the set. See more »


During Sherry's second conversation with her brother Bobby on the pay phone at the halfway house, she is holding the phone's receiver in her right hand and her cigarette in her left hand. However, just before she terminates the conversation we cut to a closeup and she is now holding her cigarette in her right hand and her left hand has crossed her body and is holding the receiver to her right ear. See more »


[Sherry has just sat down at the beginning of an AA meeting]
Dean Walker: My name is Dean, I'm an alcoholic and an addict
[Entire group says, "Hi Dean."]
Dean Walker: Genesis Recovery is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that may solve their common problems and help others to recover from alcoholism and drug addiction. Is their anyone here tonight who feels the need to drink or use?
[Sherry raises her hand as she bites her nails]
Dean Walker: Go ahead little sister. Don't be shy...
Sherry Swanson:
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Raw, painful character study
13 March 2007 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Maggie Gyllenhaal plays recently-paroled addict Sherry Swanson, an East Coast single mom struggling to stay clean and get to know her estranged pre-teen daughter whose been living with Sherry's brother. Gyllenhaal runs the risk of being completely unlikable playing this hard-shelled woman, one with a short fuse and no concept of how to live a straight life (to get her way, she uses her body); however, the role is a dream for a dramatic actress, and Gyllenhaal goes way out on a limb with her characterization. It is a brave, blistering acting turn, with nary a false note, and while the plot elements don't quite bloom and some sequences feel disappointingly aimless, Maggie Gyllenhaal is remarkably consistent, scary, ridiculously tough and straightforward, and so honest that her thoughts come out unedited--she's a human cliffhanger. The movie is really about dealing with your anger and your shame, and it's directed toward a very satisfying finish, but that doesn't make many painful scenes any easier to watch. When some people screw up, they tend to do it in full view of the world; this is Sherry Swanson--and while she's angry and hurt and frustrated, writer-director Laurie Collyer is careful not to alienate us from Sherry's feelings. We share in them--without sentimentality--and the returns are worthy but tough to shake off. **1/2 from ****

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