Synopsis: Sherry Swanson returns home to New Jersey after serving a three year prison sentence. Eager to reestablish a relationship with her young daughter, Sherry soon discovers that coming back to the world she left behind is far more difficult than she had planned.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Laurie Collyer
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 10 wins & 10 nominations.
96 min

There's an angel on my left.

But the devil's on my right.

I've been boxing shadows.

I tried to put up a fight.

So, brother, will you meet me

in the middle

so I can make it to the end?

It's not my first

second chance,

but, at this point,

who's counting, my friend?

It better be

some kind of heaven.

There better be some kind

of carnival in the sky

at the end of this ride.

Excuse you.

Hey, excuse me.

Hey, sir, you just

bumped into me.

F***in' rude


So, brother, will you meet me

in the middle

so I can make it to the end?

It's not my first

second chance,

but, at this point,

who's counting, my friend?

It better be

some kind of heaven.

There better be some kind

of carnival in the sky

at the end of this ride.


Dorothy Washington,

house manager.

Come on in.

Most everyone's at work,

but this house

fills up real good

around 7:

Your box came


Show me your

release sheet,

and then we'll

get you a room.

Ladies, this here

is Sherry Swanson.



You got some privacy,

but we don't lock

bedroom doors.

This is for the locker

where you store

all your valuables,

in the corner, there.

You get your house keys

after 30 days

with no write-ups:

no infractions

of our house rules,

do your chores,

all that.

I'm sure you'll be fine,



Get the phone!

Do you like the blue ones,

the green ones?

The pink ones.

What size are you?



Hey, it's Sherry.

Sherry, is that you?

Yeah, what's up?

Listen, I got

to wrap it up.

Want a cigarette?

Yeah, okay, um...

that's cool.

Tell everybody

I said hi.

Yeah, I will.

Kiss my baby for me.

Kiss Lexi for me.

Tell her I'm coming.

What time are you

coming tomorrow?

After lunch.

Listen, I got to run.

Cool, peace.



you think you're

too good for us?

Destiny, chill out.

The girl just got

her release.

Parole office.

Could I talk to PO Hernandez?

Who's calling?


Parole number?

No crossing state lines without

permission from this office.

Any change in residence

must be reported

in writing.

Do you understand

the conditions

of your parole,

Ms. Swanson?


Here's the rest

of your commissary.

Count it out

in front of me.

Sign the receipt.

Make sure it's

all there.

On each and every

reporting day,

you will submit

your pay stubs

along with this form.

Make sure the form

is filled out correctly.

Can I smoke in here?

Get a job as soon

as possible.

Otherwise, I have to see you

three times a week,

and, frankly, I don't have

the time for that right now.

Could I ask you

about something now, or...

Um, this--this

curfew thing?

I just, um--

I would like to spend the night

at my family's house,

at my brother's house.

I haven't seen them

for a long time.

I thought you had

no problems, Swanson.


Any unreported police contact

will result in the immediate

violation of your parole,

and I will violate you.

You will be returned

to prison

to serve the remainder

of your sentence,

plus any new charges

you may incur.

Monday at 9:
00 a. m. ,

you report to Mr. Monroe

at 1138 Clifford Street.

Please give me a pass.

Are you trying to f***

with me, Swanson?

Or are you here to successfully

complete your parole?

To successfully complete

my parole, sir.

I just really--

I have to see my daughter.

I haven't seen her

in a long time.

Your brother's name

and address, what is it?

Robert Swanson.

1334 Ridge Drive.

Slow down.



New Jersey.

Come on, there's nothing

to see here.

Come on, keep moving.

Keep moving.

Let's go.

Let's go.

Dump it.

Yo, b*tch, why do you--

I told you,

I ain't coming

up off that rock for free.

I'll see you later.

Good luck tomorrow,


Thanks, Andy.

Thanks for helping

me out.

How do you do?


I'm Andy Kelly.

I'm the director

of this program.

Oh, hey, I'm Sherry.

I just got here.

Nice to meet you--

Sherry Swanson.


Right, I processed

your intake.


Welcome to Genesis House.


Is that your Bible?

Yeah, as a matter

of fact, it is.

Well, you know what

you should do?

Take a look at this one.

What's laid out in the first

gram for life.

It's a program of change

that'll spin your head around

and make you happier

than you ever were

when you were on drugs

and alcohol.

I know all about it.

I did a year of 12-step

when I was locked up.


I, um... I like

the Good Book better.


Do you want some coffee?




Oh, stop.

Stop, stop.


I could go all night.

Look at this.

My friend shaved it.

You want to kiss it?

Come on, baby.

Come on, kiss it.


You have

a visitor.


Oh, sh*t.

Put some meat

on your bones.


I missed you.

You should have

come see me.

Okay, let's get

the f*** out of here.

It's all pretty much the same.

The only thing different

is we got a new table.

Well, I guess Lynette

redecorated the living room.

We got Alexis a new bed.

She didn't want to get rid

of her little baby bed.

But you'll see;

everything's the same.

It'll be like

you never left.

Did you hear

Chris Cuzar died?

How am I supposed

to hear that?

I don't know

who you talk to.


I don't talk

to nobody, Bob.

How'd he die,

from the dope?


Sh*t, do you have

a cigarette?

Nope, I quit.

F*** you.

Look at the little mermaid.

Don't go too far.

Come back here.

Get over here.


Hey, girls.

Hey, hon.


Hi, Sherry.

Welcome home.


You're here,


Not going to hug you--

I'm wet.

You remember Sherry,




I'm going

to clean the pool.

It's dirty.

Hey, baby.

Oh, you want

to hug me?


Oh, baby.

Oh, baby.

Oh, Lexi,

I'm so sorry.

I'm so sorry, baby.

I missed you

so much.

Where were you?

Mommy, Mommy,

Mommy, Mommy.

Damn, girl,

you got heavy.

Mommy, Mommy,


Mommy, Mommy, Mommy,

Mommy, Mommy, Mommy.

Mommy, Mommy,

Mommy, Mommy.

Mommy, Mommy,

Mommy, Mommy.

Mommy, Mommy,

Mommy, Mommy.

Mommy, Mommy,

Mommy, Mommy.

Don't jump on the couch,


Sit down, baby.

Let me put on

your robe.


You want to see

your presents, baby?

What are you doing,

silly goose?

Okay, look at this one.

Look at that.

I picked that

for you.


I like that.

I think that's cute.

Okay, look at that.

I already got

that stuff.

You do?

Okay, whatever.

A Barbie.

Yeah, you like Barbie?

She's so pretty.

You do?

Oh, can I kiss her too?


Okay, now this present

is the most special one,

that's behind

my back.

This one is from

my best friend.

She made it.

She made it all

by herself for you.

Red, red, red.


I like it.

You like it?


You do?


Oh, I love you,


You want Mommy to tell you

the story now

of what happened

to me?



Look, honey,

come here.

I want to tell you

the truth, okay?


And sometimes

it's not easy

to tell the truth;

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Laurie Collyer

Laurie Collyer (born 1967) is an American film director. Born in Summit, New Jersey, she grew up in Mountainside, New Jersey and attended Oberlin College. After working at a series of odd jobs, she went to film school at New York University. She is best known for writing and directing Sherrybaby, for which actress Maggie Gyllenhaal received a Golden Globe nomination. She also directed the film Nuyorican Dream in 1999. She is in development to direct a film based on the story of Julia Butterfly Hill and Luna which is to star Rachel Weisz. She has also written the screenplay of an upcoming adaptation of Sara Zarr's novel Story of a Girl. In 2013 she directed, Sunlight Jr., starring Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon. In 2015, she directed The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe which stars Kelli Garner, Susan Sarandon, Emily Watson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Eva Amurri Martino. In 2018, she directed a comedy-drama Furlough, starring Tessa Thompson, Melissa Leo and Whoopi Goldberg. more…

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