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Flashback To Chris Cherot’s “G.” Courtesy Of New Trailer For Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby”

Flashback To Chris Cherot's "G." Courtesy Of New Trailer For Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby"

Watching the just-released trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, I couldn’t help but revisit Christopher Cherot’s 2005 soap opera of a movie, titled G.

For those unfamiliar, it’s a loose retelling of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, hence the title G., starring Richard T JonesBlair UnderwoodAndre RoyoChenoa Maxwell, amongst others, and was described as a “Gatsbyesque love story set against Hip-Hop’s invasion of the Hamptons.” 

I’ve repeatedly sung the praises of Cherot’s debut, Hav Plenty, despite its obvious no-budget/lo-budget aesthetic. The film had a charm to it that won me over, even with its flaws, and I liked the wry humor. It was an auspicious start for Cherot, and it sits comfortably in my DVD collection; I still watch it today, over a decade later, fondly.

However, I can’t quite say the same for G., which was Cherot’s follow-up to Have Plenty.

I remember really anticipating its release when I learned it was in production, in part because I was looking forward to seeing what Chris Cherot would do next, as he’d been mostly invisible since Hav Plenty, several years prior. But I was disappointed in the effort by Monsieur Cherot, who co-wrote the screenplay based on a story by, of all people, Andrew Lauren (fashion Icon Ralph Lauren’s son), who also produced and financed the film. I recall he has a bit role in it as well.

Despite being made on a much higher budget than Hav Plenty, with bigger names in front of and behind the camera, G., which played more like an over-extended glossy music video, was actually Cherot in retrograde, I thought; an opportunity unfulfilled. 

Although I don’t know exactly how much control he really had over that project, compared to his feature film debut (a superior film, made for a lot less).

G. pulled in just over $3 million in box office ticket sales; not bad I suppose, all things considered. 

Any of you watch G.? If so, thoughts?

Here’s its trailer as a reminder; and underneath, check out a new trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s take on the F. Scott Fitzgerald work (with No Church In The Wild, from the Watch The Throne album, blasting at the intro):


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