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Cloud 9 (2006)

A washed out former star in need of money has a get rich plan...start a volleyball team whose players consist of group of beautiful athletic strippers.

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Harry Basil
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Reynolds ... Billy Cole
D.L. Hughley ... Tenspot
Paul Rodriguez ... Wong
Paul Wesley ... Jackson
Angie Everhart ... Julie
Gabrielle Reece ... Christina Hansen
Marnette Patterson ... Crystal
Katheryn Winnick ... Olga
Patricia De Leon ... Corazon
Kenya Moore ... Champagne
Rick Overton ... Buckner
Pat Finn ... Wiener
John Caponera John Caponera ... Announcer #1
Roger Behr Roger Behr ... Announcer #2
Luis Chávez ... Carlos
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A washed out former star in need of money has a get rich plan...start a volleyball team whose players consist of group of beautiful athletic strippers.

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Beach volleyball just got hotter.

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Comedy | Sport

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Rated R for some sexual content and brief language | See all certifications »
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Billy Cole: [at beach with bikini girls, first practice session] These are balls.
Champagne: Oh, we know all about balls.
Billy Cole: I'm happy for you. These are...
[as if speaking to a child]
Billy Cole: volleyballs.
Olga: Ach, we know how to play wally ball.
[takes one of the balls from him]
Billy Cole: Fine.
[curtly tosses the other ball at Champagne]
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References Boogie Nights (1997) See more »

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Living Life
Performed by Evan Olson
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Not terrible, but Burt Reynolds should have known better
20 February 2008 | by D_BurkeSee all my reviews

Over the last ten years, Burt Reynolds has straddled the line between being an A-lister and a B-lister. His best known comeback was in 1997, when he re-emerged into the A-list spotlight with "Boogie Nights". Ten years later, he was still making good movies along the likes of "Mystery, Alaska" and the decent remake of "The Longest Yard". If he keeps doing movies like "Cloud 9", he may have to kiss those A-list parts goodbye again.

The problem with "Cloud 9" is not that Burt Reynolds is bad in it. In fact, the movie starts out really well with Reynolds playing a lovable loser. It's not the first time he plays one of these characters, and he usually plays it very well. It's just that the movie is boggled down with so many sports and rags-to-riches movie clichés that by the end, the movie seems far from original even though the premise is.

The premise is another great thing about this movie, and the movie had the right idea about where to go with it until the very end. The problems occur with the lack of character development. Burt Reynolds' and D.L. Hughley's characters are pretty well developed, but the strippers could have been made into more interesting characters. Instead, they are just one-dimensional stereotypes borrowed from other movies. There's the jive-talking black woman, the blond stripper with a heart of gold, the angry Latino stripper, and the Russian bombshell that no speak English good. Oh yeah, and although Angie Everheart does a better-than-expected acting job in this movie, her character has been done before. If I had a nickel for every movie where there was a smart, single mother who was forced to strip to support their only child, I'd be a millionaire. In fact, wasn't Burt Reynolds himself in a big budget film with one of those characters? The name "Striptease" rings a bell, as does the name "Demi Moore". And as I remember, that movie didn't get stellar reviews either.

Last but not least, Gabrielle Reese could have been utilized better in this movie. Sure, she's a natural fit for playing a professional volleyball athlete, since she is one in real life. But the problem comes when she expresses her objection to strippers playing volleyball, since that would bring the wrong kind of exposure to the sport. Of course she is correct and has a valid point, but the movie unevenly makes her out to be the villain of the story because of that viewpoint. Plus, the guys in the movie make fun of the fact that she's built like an athlete, which doesn't send a good message to young women who see this movie. They appear to completely forget the fact that Gaby Reese is one of the most beautiful women in the world, let alone the most gorgeous athlete. In fact, I found myself rooting for her side at the end of the film, and really not caring either way if the heroines won.

This movie was very promising. In fact, the movie started out great, and even Paul Rodriguez was funny as Juan a.k.a. Wong. However, the really important characters in this story were underdeveloped, and so many movie clichés, tired archetypes, and male posturing made this movie unenjoyable. I reiterate when I say that Burt Reynolds should probably get a new agent, because he has been in and can be in better movies.


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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 January 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beach Angels See more »

Filming Locations:

Malibu, California, USA

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