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Lea takes Cheri to teach him about women, but of course, he learns all too well and turns out to be her perfect match. He doesn't want to grow up and she doesn't want to grow old and together they defy all of society's rules. Their affair is pure pleasure - as they trade light-hearted romantic barbs and indulge in their delicious, upside-down chemistry -- until they fall in love.
Romantic - Like the previous collaboration of Michelle Pfeiffer and director
Stephen Frears, this is a period costume drama set in France with
adult subject matter and sexual situations. Fans of Pfeiffer should
be pleased as this is a major star vehicle for her. While a bit
light for most of its running time, it ultimately is a bit downbeat.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good Despite its occasional missteps, like the weakness of Friend's interpretation of the title character, Cheri is an engaging romantic melodrama that provides an authentic sense of time and place.
Roger EbertFull Review Very Good This is not a tearjerker, but a record of what can happen when people toy with their hearts.
USA TodayFull Review Above Average Cheri, like the character, is an entertaining bauble without much on its mind. While the humor has its droll moments, the dialogue is more vapid than clever.
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It all begins as Léa de Lonval (Michelle Pfeiffer) realizes that the time has come for her to retire as
Paris's most envied seductress of the rich and famous. After all, though she's still breathtaking,
she's not exactly getting any younger. Just as she starts wondering what her future holds, along
comes her archrival Charlotte Peloux (Kathy Bates), a notoriously manipulative gossip, with an
unusual proposition. It seems that Charlotte's 19 year-old son - a bon vivant nicknamed Chéri
(Friend) -- is gorgeous, charming and a complete disappointment to her. Fed up with his
petulance, Charlotte slyly suspects Léa can knock some sense into the boy with her worldly
But Léa does far more than that and six years later, she and Chéri are still living together
in a most outrageous fashion. Naturally, they know this state of affairs can't go on forever. But
when Charlotte Peloux returns to match Chéri to a girl his own age for marriage and break up
their adventuresome tryst, no one is prepared for what truly lies beneath their frivolous affair.