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The son of a courtesan retreats into a fantasy world after being forced to end his relationship with the older woman who educated him in the ways of love.

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- Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out, Thursday, November 17, 2011

Rotten: Where is the passion? Where is the heat?

- Ben Lyons, At the Movies, Monday, June 29, 2009

Rotten: Michelle Pfeiffer is quite good, but the script leaves Kathy Bates -- talented as she is -- with a bit of a cartoonish performance.

- Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies, Monday, June 29, 2009

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Lea : What do you expect me to do, go and pine away in Normandy? Stop dyeing my hair? Is that what you want? Cheri: Yes. Lea : You're not the first young man I've said goodbye to. Cheri: Yes, I know, but what I thought might be appropriate is if I were the last. Michelle Pfeiffer plays Lea de Lonval, a courtesan in Paris who is ready to retire from her profession, the business of sex but when an old friend Madame Peloux (Kathy Bates), asks Lea to teach her son Fred whom Lea nicknames Chri (Rupert Friend) about life, she does not expect the two to fall madly in love with each other and remain together for six years. Madame realizes she needs grandchildren and arranged a loveless and mercenary marriage to a sweet young girl Edmee (Felicity Jones) leaving everyone unhappy, Edmee, Cheri and Lea. I guess Lea forget the cardinal rule of prostitutes: Don't fall in love.

- xxdebxx, Thursday, December 9, 2010

3 stars

Passable film with some interesting elements. Ultimately it is Rupert Friend who lets us down. Quite frankly, I can't see why Michelle Pfeiffer would be interested in him.

- fb721890245, Tuesday, January 31, 2012

3 stars

In "Cheri," Lea de Lonval(Michelle Pfeiffer) is a wealthy and aging courtesan whose list of friends has dwindled over the years down to just her enemies. One such, Madame Peloux(Kathy Bates), has a 19-year old son, Cheri(Rupert Friend), who is tired of being slothful and decadent but that does not stop him from accepting an invitation from Lea to go to Normandy. Six years later, they are still together and the world has not come to an end as a result. But then Madame Peloux wants grandchildren and arranges a marriage with Marie Laure(Iben Hjejle) for Cheri to marry her daughter Edmee(Felicity Jones). With an unexpected ending, "Cheri," directed by Stephen Frears, is a fine recreation of Belle Epoque France where no amount of money could buy a reputation but could it buy happiness? And I liked the older woman-younger man interplay that resonates to the modern day. However, I kept on waiting for the movie to truly come alive, to take on some spirit to match the sardonic narration, but it never quite does. I suspect some of this has to do with Michelle Pfeiffer in the lead, an actress I have always been ambiguous about. Oh, and a little eroticism would not have hurt anybody, would it?

- gator681, Saturday, September 25, 2010