Wondering if Cherry is ok for kids and teens on AppleTV+? It’s not. Cherry starring Tom Holland is rated R for violence, sexual content, language, and more. Teens may want to watch for the main star, but there is some very heavy content like addiction and PTSD. Here’s what parents need to know in this Cherry Parents Guide.
Cherry Parents Guide
Cherry is inspired by the best-selling novel of the same name and features Tom Holland as Cherry, an unhinged character who drifts from dropping out of college to serving in Iraq as an Army medic and is only anchored by his true love, Emily (Ciara Bravo). When Cherry returns home from war, he battles the demons of undiagnosed PTSD and spirals into drug addiction. Draining his finances, Cherry turns to bank robbing to fund his addiction, shattering his relationship with Emily along the way.
Directed by the Russo Brothers, who also directed Avengers: Endgame, Cherry will appeal to teens who are fans of Marvel movies, especially Holland who also plays Spider-Man in the MCU.
Why is Cherry rated R? Parents need to know Cherry is full of disturbing war images, drug use, and strong language. Cherry was first released in theaters and is now streaming on AppleTV+.
There is a lot of profanity in Cherry including sh*t, bit*h, a**, fu*k, motherf**er, damn, cunt, retard, di*k, and pu**y. There are also words of Deity used like Jesus Christ and g-ddamn.
Cherry is an army medic in Iraq, so there are a lot of graphic war scenes including explosions, charred bodies, injured and bloody soldiers, etc. Cherry has to watch friends die.
There is an attempted suicide. Weapons are used and Cherry waves a gun and shoots it in the air while robbing banks to fund his drug addiction.
Drug use is prevalent as Cherry suffers from PTSD and is prescribed OxyContin and becomes addicted to opiates and heroin and snorts cocaine. Characters also smoke.
There is a scene where Cherry masturbates in a port-a-potty while thinking of his wife in lingerie. There is kissing and implied sex, a character is in her bra and underwear. Two characters are seen in bed naked. There is slight nudity.
Characters are seen partying, drinking alcohol, and dancing provocatively.
Is Cherry Appropriate for Kids Under 18?
Cherry on AppleTV+ is gritty, no doubt, but it addresses important topics like treatment in the military, PTSD, over-prescription of drugs, addiction, and love. These are mature topics for adults, so should teens watch Cherry? It depends what is appropriate in your home.
Sometimes, Cherry seemed a little too much. Too much stylization, too much overkill on pounding the messages in your head. Some messages are a little more discreet like the bank called Shi**y Bank or Banks Fu** America.
As you watch Cherry fall down this spiral and battling his demons, you also get a glimpse of the systems that failed him and others. Perhaps Cherry can help show someone the pain associated with war and how one can gets to rock bottom, and maybe the empathy and change will be worth it.
But Cherry is too long and overdramatized. Hopefully people can make it through to get to the point.