Cherry Crush (2007)

Apparently it's a drink as well as a movie

In the same way that Disturbia was a teen version of Rear Window, Cherry Crush is a teen version of Body Heat.

Jonathan Tucker plays a privileged young photographer who falls for a girl from ‘the wrong side of the tracks’, played appropriately vacuously by Nikki Reed. Assorted plot twists ensue, most of them ridiculous, and especially the final one. The odd thing here is that there’s some nudity in the first five minutes, then later on there isn’t any when the plot really requires it. It’s as if the makers have tried to make a tribute to film noir without ever having seen one.

Tucker is pretty good but the best performance comes from songwriter Michael O’Keefe as the cop investigating the murder. Nicely filmed and just complex enough to keep your attention.

Mild Peril Rating: ★★½☆☆

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