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Cherry (1999)

At age 19, a young woman is jilted at the altar. This leads to a declaration that she will swear off men forever. Now 10 years later, she suddenly decides she would like to have a child. ... See full summary »


Terry Reed
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shalom Harlow ... Leila Sweet
Jake Weber ... Dr. Beverly Kirk
Isaach De Bankolé ... Menu Man
Laurel Holloman ... Evy Sweet
Donovan Leitch Jr. ... Eddie (as Donovan Leitch)
Gil Rogers ... Uncle Ernest
Aleksa Palladino ... Darcy
Heather Matarazzo ... Dottie
Jack Gilpin ... The Preacher
Matt Servitto ... Customer
Tim Bohn ... Donald
Johann Carlo ... Nurse
David McCallum ... Mammy
Caleb Archer Caleb Archer ... Jack
Kelly Singer Kelly Singer ... Red


At age 19, a young woman is jilted at the altar. This leads to a declaration that she will swear off men forever. Now 10 years later, she suddenly decides she would like to have a child. She advertises in the newspaper for potential mates, whether by traditional methods or by sperm donors, but gets nothing but losers. However, two neighborhood men vie for her attention - her gynecologist and a professional clown. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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She's given up on love...but love hasn't given up on her.


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »


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Making Cherry





Release Date:

10 December 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Einsam in Manhattan See more »

Filming Locations:

Hoboken, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Cypress Films (I) See more »
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Darcy: [opening narration] / Leila once said that somebody once said that all stories end in death or marriage... That's 'cause somebody was a complete idiot.
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Laidback, low-fidelity look at romance in the 90s
11 June 2000 | by evashSee all my reviews

It's almost pointless to recap the plot (something about a shy, unwed 29 year-old who runs a coffee shop and wants to have a baby). None of that matters because the only reason to watch this movie is to see the very smooth, likable charm of Shalom Harlow. Yikes! She's cast as Leila Sweet who has the titular cherry (still a virgin) and radiates the kind of groovy disposition that makes you want to sip coffee and scotch and listen to some vintage Beth Orton or Stone Roses. She's also got a smooth, natural acting rhythm that conjures an image of a young Emmanuelle Beart or latter-day Winona Ryder. Along with Michelle Hicks (star of last year's Twin Falls), Shalom is one one of the very few models who can make that transition from fashion to cinema.

But be warned: there's more than a few hokey plot devices that prod the movie along (she advertises for a sperm donor, hires a jive talking chef, weds her gynecologist, etc). But there's also more than a few tender, genuine screen moments such as her recurring encounters with Donovan Leitch (prospective donor?) and David McCallum (surrogate father figure). The best moments - easily worth the price of the rental - are when Shalom and Donovan get cozy and trade slurred barbs about the meaning of romance. Nice, wish there were more of that/them. The final word? Terrible title for such a sweet movie.

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