Sherrybaby is a 2006 drama film written and directed by Laurie Collyer. It was screened at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2006 and received a limited release in the United States on September 8, 2006.
Because of the conflict between Sherry and Bobby's wife, she ends up moving out of their house and into a motel. As the story progresses, Sherry tries to be a good mother to Alexis, but she is needy and overbearing, and her efforts are upsetting to her daughter. Bobby and Lynnette resist her trying to be a larger part of Alexis' life so quickly. Sherry ends up confiding in her father, but as she cries on his shoulder, he begins touching her inappropriately. Bobby enters the room and notices what is happening, but doesn't speak and leaves the room. Sherry then leaves, upset, and goes out to find and use heroin.
After this, she goes to an AA meeting where she meets Dean, a fellow addict. He notices that she looks disheveled, knows she has been using again, and asks if he can help her. He takes her to his house, draws her a bath, and loans her clothes. She goes back to her motel room and finds her parole officer waiting. She confesses that she used drugs and asks to be put in outpatient rehab. He tells her that she doesn't qualify for outpatient at this point; she must either go to inpatient rehab or go back to prison. He gives her a time and place to report for rehab, and leaves.
Sherry meets up with Bobby and asks if she can have one more opportunity to bond with Alexis. She asks him if she can take Alexis out for the day. He agrees, under the condition that she brings Alexis back before evening. He tells Sherry he is on her side.
Sherry comes to Bobby's house to pick up Alexis, presumably to play miniature golf. She drives Alexis over the state line and they stop for lunch. As they are eating, Sherry asks Alexis if she's ever been to Florida, and whether she would like to go. At a rest stop, a woman in line at the bathroom begins berating her small son and Sherry takes the woman by the ear and curses at her for bullying her child. Alexis is frightened by her outburst and hides in a bathroom stall. Sherry, realizing that she doesn't yet have control of her life enough to provide for both of them by herself, drives Alexis back to Bobby's house. By now it is past dark, and Bobby and his wife have been worried. Alexis runs inside to see Lynnette. Bobby walks out and hugs Sherry, and she asks him whether he will help to raise her daughter, because she can't do it by herself. He tells her that he has been helping to raise Sherry's daughter, and she tells him that she realized that she had never asked him to. They embrace, and Sherry drives off into the night.
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