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James Franco And Heather Graham In Steamy Trailer About Cherry

This summer kicked off with the unrepentantly steamy stripper drama Magic Mike, and IFC Midnight is looking to finish the season off with a hot new title of their own. About Cherry stars Chronicle's Ashley Hinshaw as a troubled—but legal—teen who runs away to San Francisco with her best friend (The Newsroom's Dev Patel). There a job as a cocktail waitress at a strip club proves to be the gateway to a wealthy but cocaine-fueled boyfriend (James Franco) and an introduction into the porn industry where she's mentored by an old pro (Heather Graham).

Rather than a cheap excuse to see a young starlet bare all, About Cherry aims to challenge American society's assumptions about sexuality and pornography through Cherry's struggle to find herself. This daring drama marks the directorial debut of writer-director Stephen Elliot. A former sex worker himself, he's penned seven books including the true-crime memoir The Adderall Diaries. Elliot co-wrote About Cherry with porn performer and NYU lecturer Lorelei Lee, who herself got into the industry at 19. But enough about its porn pedigree, check out the trailer for About Cherry below, courtesy of Yahoo:

The basic premise of girl goes porn generally seems an easy excuse for titillation, but as Steven Soderbergh showed with Magic Mike and Paul Thomas Anderson revealed with Boogie Nights, a sex work setting can be mined for something more profound. Though Elliot and Lee are green in the world of mainstream filmmaking, their own experiences could make About Cherry uniquely impactful.

About Cherry will be available on VOD starting August 9th. A theatrical release will follow on September 21st.

Kristy Puchko

Staff writer at CinemaBlend.