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January 29, 2007

Sherrybaby - 5

Sherry (Maggie Gyllenhaal) has just been released from prison, clean from her addiction to drugs, and wants badly to start over new, with her brother and his wife that are taking care of her young daughter Alexis (Ryan Simpkins- child actress extraordinaire). It is not as easy as trying really, really hard. In prison she finally got into a routine of staying clean, and she was away from the influences that encouraged her to sell her sexuality. Now that she is back in this world, she is confronted with trying to find a job, being accountable to a parole officer, and dealing with the abuses of her father and a hard family life. She tries to make the best of it, but going this road alone is far too difficult. In the end, she recognizes this, and knows that healing can only come about by becoming vulnerable and asking for help. An interesting film, that shows that transformation is possible, if we can find others who we can help and be helped by.
This film was written and directed by Laurie Collyer. This film has some similarities to the film Monster with Charlize Theron, but ends in hope rather than despair.

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