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An investment banker (Paul Mercurio) travels to Louisiana to snag the account of an eccentric millionaire (Malcolm McDowell) but gets involved with his lusty wife, Mardi Gras, and (possibly... See full summary »

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Paul Mercurio ...
Matt Wade
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Emily Dubois
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David Millman
Anna Jacyszyn ...
Robin Millman
William Keane ...
Joey Handler
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Remy
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An investment banker (Paul Mercurio) travels to Louisiana to snag the account of an eccentric millionaire (Malcolm McDowell) but gets involved with his lusty wife, Mardi Gras, and (possibly) a satanic cult. The events in and around New Orleans change him forever and give a new slant on The American Dream. Written by Ed Lorusso

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I had hoped this would be the last 9 1/2 weeks.
24 May 2003 | by (Ottawa, Canada) – See all my reviews

The First Nine and a Half Weeks Rated: R Runtime: 94mins Release Date: 1998

For hotshot stockbroker Matt Wade, a shot at a five hundred million dollar contract would be the chance of a lifetime. But in hot and steamy New Orleans he'll learn a lesson worth much more than that.

The first Nine and a Half Weeks tells the story of Matt Wade (one hit wonder Paul Mercurio), a stuffy big city stock broker in a big time brokerage, and on the verge of obtaining his biggest deal, a five hundred million dollar New Orleans estate run by a crippled and hateful old man named Francois Dubois (played by an unfortunately ludicrous Malcolm McDowell who is usually a treat to watch). But once down there he is introduced to Francois' beautiful, and of course young and vibrant, wife Emily (gorgeous Clara Bellar). What transpires in usual New Orleans fashion, is an erotic sexual journey where lessons are learned and the line between pleasure and pain is not so easy to determine.

First off, I'm not sure why this movie was "The First" 9 1/2 Weeks, or why it was even made in "the first" place. The New Orleans setting is not only uninspired, but it's getting downright boring, which I guess is fitting because it follows with the flow of the movie. The acting is completely second rate, except maybe for Bellar who may actually be it's only redeeming quality, because at least she seems to try, which is more then I can say for anyone else involved. It is supposed to be brimming with eroticism when it doesn't actually even begin to boil with it. The characters are unappealing right from the first scene where Wade's gold digging ex-girlfriend, who now happens to be married to the boss, leaves a party she's throwing so she can pay Matthew a "visit". And believe you me they just keep getting worse as the awful story progresses.

Writer/Director Alex Wright proves not only can he write with the worst of them, but also that a movie can actually be directed without any direction whatsoever. It seems, especially in the Mardi Gras scenes, that he just says action and then the actors and everyone else involved just go ahead and do whatever they want. I could say that a lot of this movie's absurdity can't be blamed on him because of the low budget, however I'd be lying, because this type of movie doesn't require a high budget. I'd give a little credit to the end, it was a little unpredictable, but then I'll have to take the credit back because it was so ridiculous.

In short the third installment of this series is bar none the worst. It tries to be a psychological and erotic thriller. It not only falls short of the two elements, these elements aren't even apparent. The theory of there being no pain without pleasure is so poorly demonstrated that I can see why they have to spell it out for you, because Wright had honestly no idea how to throw it in subtly. I'm going to put this as nice as I possibly can, Nine and a Half Weeks should have never been made in to a series but since it was, I can honestly say that the series is dead and I'm glad this Nine and a Half Weeks only lasted for an hour and a half.

Overall Rating: 2 out of 10


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