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The Nines

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John August

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Plot Summary

Writer/director John August ponders the metaphysical aspects of life and art in an episodic allegory that follows three artists as they embark on a soul searching journey of fate versus free will. When a troubled actor is placed under house arrest in "The Prisoner," his imagination begins to run wild due to the fact that his spirited publicist and cynical neighbor provide his only link to the outside world. Later, after the planes of reality fold in on themselves during the production of a Project Greenlight-style show which documents the filming of a popular sitcom in "Reality Television," "Knowing" follows a successful video game designer and his family as they become stranded in the middle of nowhere due to automotive issues. Ryan Reynolds, Hope Davis, and Melissa McCarthy star in a drama that peels back the layers of reality to ask whether or not mankind really has any control over his ultimate fate.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 60
  • Fresh: 39
  • Rotten: 21
  • Average Rating: 5.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The Nines is a philosophical mind teaser with satirical fangs. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: Bright and vicious, desperate and cruel, the characters of the first two stories pop with a kind of nihilistic joie de vivre that makes you want to hug them and kill them at once. – Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times, Sep 20, 2007

Fresh: Confusing? Yes, and intentionally so. But it's never boring. – Christy Lemire, Associated Press, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: The cosmic "resolution" that ties the stories together proves less interesting than the stories themselves. – Gene Seymour, Newsday, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

This one stays with you.

Be prepared to watch this movie more than once. And be prepared that each time you may come to different conclusions about what it all means. But embrace the confusion! Because this movie is well acted, brilliantly written, and also surprisingly funny. Time will be kind to this film.

Great movie!!!!

I loved this movie! Not only is it very well done, it is also thought provoking. I would highly recommend this film to anyone looking for a good movie in a sea of superficial crap out these days. It seems like so many movies now are based on nothing, this movie proves there is more out there. The writing and direction done by John August is fantastic and the acting (Ryan, Melissa and Hope) is a breath of fresh air. Ryan esp. proves his worth as an outstanding actor and who deserves to stay one of hollywood's leading men as long as there are roles being created. Bottom line: you should see this movie if you haven't already!!!


The story was laid out in a thought provoking way, showing the true talents of the actors. The story line was anything but average while keeping your mind wandering every minute. Having the movie laid out into three scences with different, yet slightly overlapping characters with the same actors was classic theatre, and was a pleasure to see on the big screen.

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  • Genre: Thriller
  • Released: 2008

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