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Worlds collide in most unusual ways inThe Nines, marking the feature directorial debut of John August, screenwriter of such offbeat wonders asBig Fish,Corpse Bride, andTitan A.E.. Ryan Reynolds plays Gary, a Hollywood television actor whose crack cocaine escapades land him under house arrest. A no-nonsense publicist (Melissa McCarthy) who specializes in rehabilitating bad-boy stars for public consumption keeps Gary in line until a sexy neighbor (Hope Davis) makes him wonder if his reality is truly all it seems to be. Indeed, once the question is asked, another world washes away the last one: this time Reynolds plays Gavin, a TV showrunner whose best friend (McCarthy) is dropped from his new series after a network executive (Davis) manipulates him. A watchful viewer ofThe Nineswill begin to note that certain themes and bits of dialogue overlap the first two segments of the film, and that certain key lines (e.g., "You’re not a man") are laced with double meanings. A haunting resonance, a sense that everything is imbued with some unknown quality or secret, overtakes one’s deepest experience of the movie. That feeling only grows in the final third of the story, in which Reynolds becomes Gabriel, a doting husband and father who leaves his wife (McCarthy) and child (Elle Fanning) with their stalled family car while he fetches help. Along the way he meets a wary stranger (Davis), and nothing is the same again. Everything loops into everything else in August’s clever story, which taps into that profound sense of alienation and dislocation most of us feel at one time or another, and pushes it toward the realm of myth. Fans ofDonnie Darkomay well findThe Ninesequally intriguing.--Tom Keogh
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CastHope Davis, Elle Fanning, David Denman, Ryan Reynolds, Melissa McCarthy
DirectorJohn August
Screen WriterJohn August
DVD Release Date:  January 29, 2008
Runtime:  100 minutes
Studio:  Sony Pictures
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review by . February 05, 2008
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An actor has a bad trip after a bad breakup and ends up in house arrest -- but either he is losing his mind or he is not who he thinks he is and things are not what they seem. This is one of those metaphysical puzzler films, that is fun and engaging at a number of levels but at its deepest has you working out what it all means. In films like this you think they are going to back down from the broadest ambitions, that it's all going to be a dream or a game and everything will work out so that you …
review by . February 02, 2008
THE NINES is a film that may seem like a tough story to follow, but the concept and the 'autobiographical' script by the gifted John August are so fine that once seen, this film demands re-visiting. It is tremendously entertaining, blessed with a superb cast, and offers food for thought far beyond the running time of the film. For this viewer it falls into the 'brilliant' category.    More of an existential exercise than a traditional movie tale, THE NINES has the courage to …
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