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Film superstar Nicolas Cage's directing debut, Sonny follows a very unconventional family as they struggle to overcome personal and financial adversity. Young Sonny (James Franco) returns home to New Orleans from Army service to find his mother Jewel (Brenda Blethyn), a prostitute, in dire financial straits due to her marketability decreasing exponentially as her age increases. Jewel takes heart at her son's return, however, as she had raised him to be a male prostitute and his mid-'20s vitality should be able to provide a much-needed boost to her family's income -- which until… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 23%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Actors generally make good actor's directors, but Sonny is a mixed bag in that department."
‑ Jan Stuart, Newsday
"Earnest and tentative even when it aims to shock."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"This overlooked drama by Nic Cage packs an emotional wallop."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Sunk by way too much indulgence of scene-chewing, teeth-gnashing actorliness."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"There's too much forced drama in this wildly uneven movie, about a young man's battle with his inescapable past and uncertain future in a very shapable but largely unfulfilling present."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"An instant candidate for worst movie of the year."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"It is as uncompromising as it is nonjudgmental, and makes clear that a prostitute can be as lonely and needy as any of the clients."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Back to the housewives with ya, and now that Cage has the vanity project out of his system, he can go back to making more movies with Spike Jonze."
‑ Christopher Null,
"It's just plain lurid when it isn't downright silly."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Author John Carlen has abstrusely captured that struggle of one man simply trying to be human in nonhuman, vile, circumstances."
‑ Emily Blunt, Blunt Review
"Nicolas Cage isn't the first actor to lead a group of talented friends astray, and this movie won't create a ruffle in what is already an erratic career."
‑ Michael Agger, Slate
"Preposterous and tedious, Sonny is spiked with unintentional laughter that, unfortunately, occurs too infrequently to make the film even a guilty pleasure."
‑ Ernest Hardy, L.A. Weekly
"Too defensive and earnest about its topic to be either fun or illuminating."
‑ Glenn Kenny, Premiere Magazine
"Enchanted with low-life tragedy and liberally seasoned with emotional outbursts ... What is sorely missing, however, is the edge of wild, lunatic invention that we associate with Cage's best acting."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
"Keep your day job, Nicolas Cage. This shockingly inept directorial debut reveals the brooding actor to be a hackneyed helmer."
‑ , E! Online
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