Bruno Calvo
EW Staff
June 25, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Cheri

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
92 minutes
Limited Release Date
06/26/09
performer
Kathy Bates, Michelle Pfeiffer
director
Stephen Frears
author
Christopher Hampton
genre
Romance

We gave it a B+

Starring: Michelle Pfeiffer, Kathy Bates, Rupert Friend
Directed by: Stephen Frears
Release date: June 26

The story of a retired courtesan in 1920s Paris who embarks on an affair with a 19-year-old boy (Friend), Cheri marks the first time a film with Pfeiffer in the lead has reached theaters since 2002’s White Oleander. But if the actress, who’s now 50, was at all worried about looking her best on the big screen, she didn’t show it on set. ”There was no whispering to the cameraman or the makeup man or anything like that,” reports Frears (The Queen). ”There was no plea for kindness.” In fact, Pfeiffer apparently looks so ravishing that early viewers are deeming her character the original cougar — a term that’s lost on the film’s very British director. ”What’s a cougar?” asks Frears.

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