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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

Writer:

John August
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Cast

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


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

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USA

Release Date:

30 November 2007 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled John August Project See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,172, 2 September 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$62,745, 7 October 2007
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

There are nine mousetraps on the floor when Gary steps on one of them. 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 EverQuest (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Tears Coming Home
Written by Sébastien Schuller (as Sebastien Schuller)
Performed by Sébastien Schuller (as Sebastien Schuller)
Courtesy of Minty Fresh / Catalogue Records
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Brilliant in all aspects.
22 January 2007 | by AwQuitySee all my reviews

As I sat in the packed Sundance theater watching the final scene of John August's, The Nines, I shuttered. The film had sent chills down my spine, and it lasted into the night. The script was brilliant beyond anything I have ever experienced, the character development between the three parts dissecting the film was astonishing. The metaphorical tie- ins left your mind racing and your imagination spinning. It was not ironic in a sense that it allowed you to contemplate the scenarios that had just unveiled. John August is a brilliant writer and holds himself magnificently in front of the film industry. Ryan Reynolds blew me away and Melissa McCarthy was amazing. The character interaction between them and Hope Davis reflected on the complexity of the dialogue and scene structure. The film is broken into three intertwining sections, serving as "acts" that play into a plot scheme that defies the contemporary and conformist thought of todays screenplay writers.

The best to come from sundance this year... by far. John August matches Charlie Kaufman as a writer, and parallels Michel Gondry as a director He is outstanding in himself The film is one to reckon with and hopefully will hit the big screens but last its authentic, rare, independent flavor.


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