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Cherish | 2002 | R | - 5.5.7

A young woman (Robin Tunney), who feels she doesn't really fit in anywhere, gets through her lonely days by listening to an all-love-song radio station. One night she is forced to drive a hijacked car, she accidentally runs down a police officer, and finds herself unfairly incarcerated in the electronic bracelet program and trapped in an apartment for months. The solitude of her new situation helps her to figure out who she is and also save herself when she realizes she's being stalked. Also with Tim Blake Nelson, Nora Dunn, Jason Priestley and Brad Hunt. [1:40]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A man and woman kiss and lie back in bed kissing and moaning while the man takes off his shirt; another woman is watching them from a hole in the floor of their closet. A man lying in bed pays another man while he is getting dressed (we see him bare-chested) suggesting homosexual prostitution. A man and woman hug and kiss. A woman takes off her clothes and wraps herself in a towel (we see part of the side of her bare breast and a man is in the room arguing with her). A young man and woman dance close together and the woman puts the young man's hands on her buttocks. We hear a man and woman having sex; they pant and moan rhythmically. A woman puts a man's hands on her ankle and caresses her leg with them (she seems to be enjoying his touch) and then invites him to sit next to her. A man and woman dance close together in a nightclub. A woman daydreams about a man dancing and posing for her and a man daydreams about a woman throwing him kisses, dancing suggestively, sucking on a lollipop suggestively, etc. (there are several scenes with characters daydreaming). A woman is approached by two other women in a jail cell and we see her later with bruised arms (it is suggested that she was assaulted, possibly sexually). A woman hugs a man. A woman talks to a mirror and makes sexual remarks and invitations as if she is talking to a man. We see a bare breasted woman, a woman in a tiny bikini. We see a man in a T-shirt and shorts, and women's outfits reveal cleavage, bare abdomens and bare thighs.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A car drives recklessly and hits a man standing in the street who flips over the car and lands hard on the ground (we hear that the man died). A young man is stabbed in the abdomen by another young man. A woman swings a sledgehammer toward her ankle; the camera cuts away but we hear a thud, hear her scream and see a blood-covered ankle bracelet later. A woman is hit by a car while riding a bike (she has a bloody forehead). A woman hits a man in the head and he chases her up a shaft, from where she throws bottles down on top of him. A man punches another man and holds a gun on him and a man is hit on the head with a club knocking him out. A man gets into a woman's car and holds his hand over her mouth (she is afraid but does not scream). A man trips over a cord and lands at the feet of a man who hits him on the head with a bat, then the other man gets the bat and hits the first man in the head with it knocking him out. A man is kicked in the mouth and blood pours out. A woman is approached by two other women in a jail cell and we see her later with bruised arms (it is suggested that she was assaulted, possibly sexually). A woman is threatened by a man with a gun. A woman discovers a wall covered with photos of her in a man's apartment (a man she does not know). A woman grabs another woman and threatens her. Seen on a TV set: A wolverine in a trap is shown gnawing at its leg (we hear the narrator talking about the animal chewing off its leg to free itself). A woman struggles to remove an ankle bracelet; she falls off a chair and we see her very bruised and swollen ankle later. A woman pulls a large splinter out of her toe (we see a dirty and bloody spot). A woman slams a door on a man's hand, and a woman bites a man's hand. A woman climbs frantically down through a shaft and then falls some distance to the floor (we see a large bruise on her hip later). A man takes a sledgehammer to his apartment breaking tables, mirrors, radios, etc. A car crashes into a newspaper box on a sidewalk. Young men on a street throw things at a woman in a window and she dumps water on them. A woman irons her hair. A woman accidentally pours water on a man a couple of times.


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LANGUAGE 7 - 29 F-words, 13 scatological terms, 3 sexual references, 4 anatomical terms, 9 mild obscenities, 8 religious profanities, 5 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes in a few scenes, and a woman is given a breathalyzer test at the scene of a car accident.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Fear of being alone, DUI, incarceration, the legal system, justice, trust, lying, homosexuality, prostitution, religious differences, physical handicaps.

MESSAGE - Trust is something that has to be earned.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

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