No one makes it alone.
In Sherrybaby – Maggie Gyllenhaal’s performance is phenomenal. I admit that I was a little apprehensive about watching SherryBaby due to Gyllenhaal’s bland performance in The Dark Knight (2008), but she has more than made up for it with this film. Sherry (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is a thief and drug addict. She spent the last three years away from her young daughter, who was being cared for by Sherry’s brother and his wife. While checking in with her parole officer, Sherry emphasizes wanting to clean up her life and get her daughter back. This is something Sherry really believes that she can accomplish without anyone’s help. What happens on her road to recovery provides the very foundation that makes this film remarkable.
Not everyone is happy to see Sherry, especially her brother’s wife (Bridget Barkan) who has cared for her young daughter, Alex (Ryan Simpkins) for the three years Sherry was away. Being reunited with her daughter provides a tense moment as the young girl is obviously trying to decide whether or not she wants to see Sherry, her real mother, while remaining loyal to her already devoted mother figure.
To prove she has what it takes to care for her child, Sherry embarks upon a job hunt, where she quickly realizes things from then on are not going to be easy. She befriends Dean (Danny Trejo) at a group meeting; he becomes her lover and stout companion in the movie by providing her with the harsh realities of her bad decisions, all the while offering the guidance and consistency she desperately needs. However, not even Dean can rescue Sherry from the events and demons that plague her life. Soon, patience runs out for everyone — and for Sherry, it’s the beginning of a breaking point.
SherryBaby delivers strong performances from every actor such that you become involved in the story and eager to see how these complex situations work themselves out. You will gain a powerful sense of empathy as Sherry realizes she cannot go it alone — her vulnerabilities and the staunch realism of the film make SherryBaby worthwhile to watch.