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The Nines (2007)

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A troubled actor, a television show runner, and an acclaimed videogame designer find their lives intertwining in mysterious and unsettling ways.

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John August

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John August
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Reynolds ... Gary / Gavin Taylor / Gabriel
Melissa McCarthy ... Margaret / Melissa McCarthy / Mary
Hope Davis ... Sarah / Susan Howard / Sierra
Elle Fanning ... Noelle
David Denman ... Parole Officer / Agitated Man
Octavia Spencer ... Streetwalker / Pedestrian
Ben Falcone ... Ben Falcone
Dahlia Salem ... Dahlia Salem
John Gatins ... John Gatins
Andy Fielder Andy Fielder ... Andy Fielder
Jodi Sellards Jodi Sellards ... Piano Player
Greg Baine ... Delivery Guy
Martin Yu Martin Yu ... Focus Group Participant #1
Gregg Naaman ... Focus Group Participant #2
Lorene Scafaria ... Game Night Guest
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Storyline

Gary, an actor who plays a cop on television, uses too much lighter fluid when he burns his ex-girlfriend's things, then he drinks and drives, uses crack, and crashes his car. He sobers up in jail and is placed under house arrest and the watchful eye of a publicist, the cheery and tough-minded Margaret. She moves him into the empty house of a writer who's away in Canada on a shoot. Gary meets Sarah, an attractive and seemingly-willing neighbor. His friendship with Margaret blooms and strange things happen: he finds notes he doesn't remember writing, he hears noises, and he seems to bump into himself in the kitchen. Two remaining chapters reveal what's going on. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Y9u never kn9w when y9ur number is up


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some drug content and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The ad at the bus stop shows the number 9. See more »

Goofs

In the third segment when Ryan Reynolds first drinks from the water bottle given to him by Hope Davis he screws the cap back on. In the next scene he is shown holding the water bottle with no cap. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Gary: Hey, do you sell crack?
[drug dealer looks confused]
Gary: No, it's cool. I only play a cop on TV.
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Connections

References MacGyver (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Hang On Little Tomato
Written by China Forbes, Thomas M. Lauderdale (as Thomas Lauderdale) and Patrick Abbey
Performed by Pink Martini
Courtesy of Heinz Records
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Not As Good As a Panda. You'll Understand After You See It.
19 August 2008 | by jzappaSee all my reviews

I will begin with the admission that this is not a boring film. It succeeds in holding one's interest, as it might be one of the very least predictable movies I can recall. Essentially, without giving anything away, although you won't be missing much, it's divided into three vignettes. The first one acquaints us with a distressed Hollywood actor, Gary, under house arrest living in another person's house because he burned down his own. While confined, he is taken care of by both a chubby P.R. 'handler' and the sexy single mom next door, who may or may not be interested in him sexually. Over this time, Gary becomes convinced that he is being haunted by the number nine.

Then comes the next segment while we are reeling with curiosity. It follows a gay television writer, Gavin, played by Ryan Reynolds, who played Gary before, trying to get his pilot made. We raise an eyebrow when we find that the house he lives in is the house Gary later stays in. Hm. At some stage in the course of post-production, a television executive pushes for Gavin to ditch the unconventional (chubby) lead actress of his project, played by the same actress who played the PR rep before.

And then in the third act, a video game designer, again Ryan Reynolds and again a name beginning with "Ga," is lost when his car breaks down, a situation shown in Gavin's pilot. He leaves his wife and daughter with the stranded vehicle and meets a mysterious woman. By the time this act reaches its revelation, the wide-eyed look of curiosity on your face becomes an empty expression, a time void for your muscles, as the big surprise that binds these bizarre fragments and concludes. You will have been led on a wild goose chase and once you catch the goose, the filmmaker, John August, has been pandering to his own wishful fantasies of spiritual grandeur, under the oh-so-impressive guise of a film that explores the concept of simulated reality.

In any case, the film has no atmosphere, the cast surrounding Reynolds has no charisma in spite of decent deliveries, and when it's over, one only wants to forget about it. The only props I give are for its aforementioned success with its lack of probable expectations, even if it's all for the least satisfying pay-off. Imagine Sharon Stone flirting with you, playing footsie, offering you a ride home, putting her hand on your lap, then going to her place and finding that she enticed you there only to show off her collection of china patterns. On a smaller scale, that is what you will experience if you see The Nines.


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Release Date:

30 November 2007 (UK) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,617, 2 September 2007

Gross USA:

$63,165

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$130,880
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1.85 : 1
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