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Zoe Adler (Robin Tunney) is a lonely nerd working at a hip online company. Her ice-queen boss, Brynn (indie rock idol Liz Phair), doesn't respect her, and her gorgeous coworker, Andrew (Jason Priestley), is friendly, but unaware of her lust for him. After a work party, a stalker assaults Zoe, hiding in her car and forcing her to drive. They run a red light, hit and kill a cop, and the stalker disappears into the night. Zoe is taken into custody and is soon sent home wearing an electronic bracelet that makes it impossible for her to leave her apartment. As the weeks pass until her trial, Zoe spends her time roller skating around her loft and watching her neighbors. Deputy Bill (Tim Blake Nelson) periodically stops by to check on Zoe, and in time they fall in love. When Zoe proclaims her innocence to Bill, he gives her a nine-hour window in which to go out and find the stalker who's really responsible for the cop's death. This unlikely comedy, directed by Finn Taylor (DREAM WITH THE FISHES), is driven by Tunney's irresistible charm in the role of Zoe. In addition, the entire film is bathed in the nostalgic sounds of pop music from the 1970s and '80s, featuring eclectic hits from Hall and Oates, The Human League, and Modern English Brad Hunt, Robin Tunney, Liz Phair, Lindsay Crouse, and Tim Blake Nelson
Cherish starts out with a promising idea: An erratic young woman named Zoe (Robin Tunney, The Craft, Niagara, Niagara) under house arrest with a bracelet around her ankle that sets off an alarm if she tries to leave her apartment, begins an unlikely romance with Bill (Tim Blake Nelson, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Good Girl), the lonely guy who monitors the bracelet. Unfortunately, about halfway through the movie mutates into a poorly thought-out thriller, in which Zoe tries to trap the stalker who got her arrested in the first place. Tunney and Nelson are both engaging, inventive actors; if the movie had trusted their charm, instead of trying to concoct implausible plot twists, this could have been delightful. Also featuring Jason Priestley, Nora Dunn, and indie rock star Liz Phair. --Bret Fetzer
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It's Zoe's worst fear: being confined with only herself as company. But once alone in her apartment, she transforms from a tentative, clingy woman who looks outside herself for approval into a charming, independent woman who finds her strength within. In the process, she forms a bond with her disabled downstairs neighbor and develops a romance with deputy Bill (perfectly played by Tim Blake Nelson), who comes to tend her ankle bracelet.
This romance is the best thing about the movie. In the DVD commentary, the director (Finn Taylor) says the script originally didn't focus as much on the romance, but the chemistry between Tunney and Nelson was so good that he changed the movie to focus more on them. Many reviewers felt that the movie should have focused *completely* on that relationship, and on Zoe's inner development, instead of shifting gears into a thriller in the last 20 minutes, when Zoe runs around San Francisco trying to prove her innocence.
This movie was also attacked by several reviewers for being "unrealistic," but let's face it, what movie *is* realistic? To me, the success of a movie rests not on its ability to be "true-to-life," but on whether it creates a cohesive, engaging world and draws you into it, and this movie does that.Read more ›
I can't lavish enough praise on Robin Tunney for her brilliant portrayal as Zoe. I never really had an opinion on Ms. Tunney before "Cherish", as I usually saw her in forgettable movies like "Vertical Limit" and "The Craft", but she blew me away in this one. Robin nails all the necessary emotions. In one scene, I actually had to fight back tears as Robin's Zoe begs a delivery-man to stay with her because her isolation has left her so starved for company. In another scene, Robin's Zoe had me laughing hysterically as she tormented the tightly-wound Bill by roller-skating around her apartment while he tries to examine the bracelet. There are many other wonderful moments as well...the kind-hearted Zoe befriending the crippled man who lives below her...the once-weak Zoe becoming fiercely independent...it's impossible to not fall in love with Zoe. Robin Tunney grabs your attention as soon as she hits the screen and doesn't let go until the ending credits. Plus, there is the incredible chemistry between Robin's Zoe and Tim's Bill.Read more ›
It's another great performance from Nelson, a top-notch character actor. Bill, all business in his short-sleeved dress shirts and striped ties, hardly knows what to make of Zoë, as she skates around her kitchen/roller rink, blasting tunes from the local 80's station (great soundtrack). Zoë is difficult and flirtatious, which is equally confounding and alluring for Bill. In one of my favorite Bill moments, he methodically ages a brand-new boom box for Zoë, which he 'nonchalantly' presents claiming it was an old one he had around the house.
Robin Tunney can't quite make up her mind as to Zoë's character, but it's an admirable attempt. The story first presents Zoë as the frizzy-haired neurotic outcast of her office, excluded from a coworker's hot party, falling into bed with various men who never call, with no real sense of herself. Following the trauma of her arrest she retreats into a comfortably delusional mode: dressing up in various costumes and singing into her hairdryer in the mirror. Eventually fed up with the legal process she is inspired to take a more proactive approach to her time, trying to work around the confines of her geographical limitations, first to have more physical freedom and in the process, to find her stalker.
The supporting cast is a hoot, including indie-rock goddess Liz Phair and not one, but two, Beverly Hills 90210 cast members.Read more ›
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bootyfully photographied movie with ze hawt actress Robin Tunney being stuck in here appartiment with no place to go because she is like undah hizzouse arrizzt. Read morePublished on July 1 2004 by fat_runner
Definitely see this movie if you get a chance, Robin Tunney is very funny in it, it was very nicely put together, and Jason Priestley is awesome and looks great as well, the... Read morePublished on Sept. 14 2003 by lexi campbell
If you grew up in the 70's 80's you will get this movie. Robin nails the feel. I was really moved watching how this insecure girl grew into this sure woman.Published on March 28 2003 by badgirljenny
Cherish became one of my favorite films of 2002. The plot is refreshing and original--An eccentric woman named Zoe (Robin Tunney of The Craft and End of Days) accused of murdering... Read morePublished on Feb. 3 2003 by Mark Twain
love it...yes it does have it's corny moments..which I noticed *quite* clearly.....But over all it's a good one...the characters are charming...Zoe is so cute..a raspy.. Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2003
The way this film starts, with a lot of people sitting in modern office workstations, I thought it was going in depth into a dazed state I might call technocracking of the brain,... Read morePublished on Dec 19 2002 by hold on to nothing
The editorial reviews summarize this movie well-except to include the fact that this is an original idea for a movie that plays out very well. Read morePublished on Dec 14 2002