Monday, February 22, 2010


Fan of Michelle Pfeiffer? Yes. Fan of period films? Yes. Fan of the romance genre? Yes. Cheri (2009) really had me sold. I thought it would be so great.
Unfortunately, I thought wrong.
Lea (Pfeiffer) is a famous French Courtesan who is aging, and is seriously thinking about retiring from her job. But one thing keeps her going: love. Her love for a younger son of a friend, Cheri (Rupert Friend), who is 25, gives her a new lease on life. She teaches him about love, lust and passion, though their affair generally is short lived. He gets married, but he can't get over this older woman, who basically taught him everything he knew. It isn't long before his wife finds out about his love for Lea, and things get ugly.
No matter how hard I tried to enjoy this, I couldn't. I could seek solace from Michelle Pfeiffer's performance, which was dark, but utterly charming. And how is it that a woman in her 50's can look so beautiful? It's beyond me. I'll give Cheri the benefit of the doubt; I liked the first few minutes as it started off with a bang and ended with a dying sparkler. Don't waste 88 minutes of your life on this unless you really need to.


  1. We'll have to agree to disagree on this one Stevee.

    I'm not going to debate the merits of Cheri, and I don't want to appear to be a big phoney by commenting on one of your recent goodbye posts, but I do want to let you know that I've enjoyed my visits to your site over the last couple of years, and I certainly wish you good luck with your endeavours in the future.

    I'll see you around!



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