John August, the acclaimed screenwriter of
GO, BIG FISH, CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY and THE
CORPSE BRIDE, makes his directorial debut with THE NINES, an
intricately constructed intriguing blur of reality, virtual
reality and metaphysical fantasy. The film unfolds in three
parts, featuring the same actors in different (and in some
ways overlapping) incarnations.
Ryan Reynolds stars with Melissa McCarthy, Hope Davis and
Elle Fanning as:
(Reynolds) - a TV actor who finds himself under house arrest
after one too many benders. He is tended to by an impossibly
chipper publicist (McCarthy) and a sexually tempting new
mother next door ( Davis ).
(Reynolds), a show-runner who is the subject of a reality TV
show about the thorny process of creating a network series
(not dissimilar to August himself). His show stars his (and
August's) best friend, the actress Melissa McCarthy, much to
the chagrin of the network's development executive ( Davis
). He also happens to own the house where Gary is imprisoned
(John August's actual home).
(Reynolds) - a successful video game designer who runs into
car trouble with his wife (McCarthy) and daughter (Fanning)
in the woods and then into even greater trouble when he
seeks help from an attractive hitchhiker (Davis).
Together, the three stories form a single narrative that
explores the relationships between author and character,
actor and role, creator and creation. Alternately funny and
unsettling, The Nines is like a riddle where the answer may
just lead to another question.
© Newmarket Films.
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