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Watch the trailer for James Franco’s new porn drama Cherry

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Yes, James Franco is in a new movie, and yes, it is sort of about porn, and no, it is not possible not to blog about it. In the new trailer for Cherry, Franco plays the sleazy, older love interest of a young girl about to fall into the sexy, psychologically damaging clutches of the porn industry.

Besides Franco, the movie also co-stars Heather Graham as lead actress Ashley Hinshaw's porn mentor, and Slumdog Millionaire's Dev Patel as the nice guy whose love for Hinshaw obviously goes unrequited.

Based on the trailer — which features Graham cooing lines like "you're a naughty girl" and "you're a work of art," not to mention Franco huffing "I exist!" at Hinshaw — Cherry comes close to seeming like a high-brow, indie take on Showgirls. But it was directed and co-written by Stephen Elliott (of The Rumpus fame), which means my hopes are much higher than they normally would be for a coming-of-age-as-a-confused-porn-actress movie. 

Then again, even if this does end up landing closer to Showgirls than Boogie Nights on the genre spectrum, would that really be such a bad thing? No one ever went wrong with a gratuitous montage.