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Sherrybaby ★★ 2006

Gyllenhaal startles in the title role of this compelling but disturbing drama. Sherry is a needy, emotionally stunted and impulsive exheroin addict who has cleaned herself up and has just been paroled from prison. She desperately wants to regain custody of her young daughter Alexis (Simpkins), who's bonded with her surrogate family, Sherry's brother Bobby (Henke) and his wife Lynette (Barkan). They've got a right to be cautious of Sherry's plans since the only way she knows to get what she needs is by using her sexuality, and her temptation to slip back into her druggy ways is still strong. 95m/C DVD . US Maggie Gyllenhaal, Brad William Henke, Danny Trejo, Giancarlo Esposito, Bridget Barkan, Ryan Simpkins, Sam Bottoms; D: Laurie Collyer; W: Laurie Collyer; C: Russell Fine; M: Jack Livesey.

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