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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Infidelity, extreme drug use, drunk driving, and more. Plus, people act in underhanded ways, including betraying friends and co-workers.
Violence & Scariness
A man slaps a woman, who berates him loudly in public; people argue (no hitting); a woman poisons a stranger so she can murder him.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A married woman comes on to, then later fools around with, her next-door neighbor (they remain clothed); there are lots of come-ons in their dialogue. A married couple kisses.
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Frequent use of everything from "whore" to "s--t" to "f--k."
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Products & Purchases
Billboards for the "show" that Gary, the TV actor, stars in; shots of network logos at the upfronts that Gavin attends.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The film starts with an actor on a substance-fueled bender. It winds down from there, though the final segment includes the criminal use of a tranquilizer.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that although this confusing indie sci-fi/thriller may attract teens thanks to heartthrob lead Ryan Reynolds and Gilmore Girls alum Melissa McCarthy, viewers of all ages could end up more befuddled than entertained. It tackles mature themes -- sex, drugs, God, the universe -- and includes an underlying current of violence (one character is murdered). The main character goes on a massive drugs-and-drink fueled bender, and the dialogue is littered with expletives ("s--t," "f--k"). To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
There's surreal, and then there's absurd, and John August's feature-film directing debut definitely tends toward the latter. (August has written lots of movies, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Big Fish, and Tim Burton's Corpse Bride.) A mishmash that pulls from wildly varying genres (it's a comedy! it's a thriller! no, it's a drama!), The Nines' three distinct segments are stitched together by a metaphysical motif that drowns its wit and smarts.
McCarthy and Davis are both total pros, but the film best showcases Reynolds, who proves adept at switching gears (he's best as Gavin; surprisingly, it's his take on Gary the TV actor that rings the most hollow). And while August deserves kudos for attempting a new cinematic recipe, The Nines is woefully half-baked. In the hands of a master of the surreal and offbeat -- Paul Thomas Anderson, Spike Jonze, or even Michel Gondry -- it might have been a success. Instead, it's just frustratingly baffling. If only August could have picked one of his three tales and run with it.
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