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Under the Cherry Moon (1986)

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Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient) made her film debut swapping spit with Prince in this vanity piece directed by the rock legend himself. Prince plays a self-styled gigolo and musician in the south of France, and unlike his interesting grimness … see full wiki

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I'm not much of a Prince fan but I like what I see

  • Dec 2, 2007
I watched "Under the Cherry Moon" this past weekend for the first ever, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm surprised it has such bad reviews and was awarded with those Razzie's:

1987 Razzie Awards: Worst Director: Prince
1987 Razzie Awards: Worst Supporting Actor: Jerome Benton
1987 Razzie Awards: Worst Picture
1987 Razzie Awards: Worst Actor: Prince
1987 Razzie Awards: Worst Screenplay nominee
1987 Razzie Awards: Worst Supporting Actress nominee: Kristin Scott Thomas

I guess at the time most people wanted Prince to come out with a sequel to Purple Rain (Two-Disc Special Edition). Prince trades in his Purple Rain character (The kid) to take on Christopher Tracy, a gigolo fresh from Miami who is scoping out the women of France, young and old alike, in search of much needed cash to pay his rent along with whatever else money can buy. He is accompanied by his sidekick, Tricky (Jerome Benton), who keeps him on his toes and his head of the clouds. Mary (Kristin Scott Thomas first starring role) is a stubborn, spoiled 21 year old brat who although may come off as a bit brazen at first, is really a frigid virgin who is not ready for the likes of Christopher when he shows up uninvited to her 21st birthday party. Opposites attract they find themselves becoming attracted to qualities they can't seem to find in anybody else.

This film has a surprise ending which took me off guard. This directorial; debut from Prince was quite impressive. His boyish antics and humor make for some charming entertainment. Though beset with many problems, ranging from period setting (are we in the 1940s or were vintage fashions suddenly the rage in '80's era France for about a month and Vogue didn't catch wind of it?), to an abrupt shift from light comedy to lukewarm melodrama that just doesn't feel right, Under the Cherry Moon somehow remains watchable due to the hypnotic charms of Prince, an affable foil in Benton (whose comic gifts belong in a better movie), and a smooth debut by Ms. Thomas, one of our era's most sophisticated ladies. Amongst the supporting troupe, Berkoff brings the same kind of menace from The Krays - Bound by Bloodand his unforgettable turn as Victor Maitland from Eddie Murphy's Beverly Hills Cop (Special Collector's Edition)to Mr. Sharon, and Shakespearean performer Francesca Annis is superb in a vital role as one of Christopher's past scammees.

Though some will challenge me, I feel Cherry's soundtrack is on a par with the legendary Purple platter and much more versatile, from the old-school R&B of "Boys and Girls" to the classy "Sometimes It Snows In April" and perhaps Prince's best single, the funkier than funk "Kiss". If you choose to view "Under the Cherry Moon" its best to watch it at night with the lights off so you can fully enjoy the whole karma and atmosphere of the film.

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