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9 Songs (Unrated)

Release Date: July 22nd, 2005 (NYC-Angelika Film Center) by Tartan Films.
The Cast: Kieran O'Brien, Margo Stilley
Directed by Michael Winterbottom
BASIC PREMISE: Matt (O'Brien) and Lisa (Stilley) have sex between 9 rock concerts.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: This is a film that primarily entertains by shock value. The sex scenes are pornographic in style yet they are not unbearable to watch because the two actors are very attractive. Fortunately, there is no violence, but there is plenty of drug use. The lack of a plot is easily compensated by the physical and romantic chemistry between Matt and Lisa. This is just a segment of their lives--it is not clear where or how they met or whether or not they will get married. There is a lot of energy throughout this film--not just because of the sex, but because of the editing, pacing, and, most importantly, the music. Those who like rock music will be really entertained because there are 9 heavy rock songs throughout the film. There is a beautiful scene set on the beach, as Matt runs naked into the ocean and then makes out with Lisa on the beach. There is one scene reminiscent of a sexually graphic scene in the film The Brown Bunny. But these two characters seem pretty normal--although they do take drugs, but that's not uncommon or surprising. The entire structure of the film feels refreshingly original and consistently engaging to watch.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: When Matt runs naked into the ocean, he says that it is a test of how much he loves Lisa, which is very moving. Their entire relationship in general is very uplifting because it is open and honest. They both enjoy one another's company are not afraid to express this joy with action.



THE BOTTOM LINE: Sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll. What more can you ask for?

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1st Run)

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