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9 Songs

Released: 2004

Genre: Romance

Runtime: 1 hr 11 min

MPAA Rating: NC-17

Director: Michael Winterbottom

Starring: Kieran O'Brien, Margo Stilley

The title refers to the nine songs played by eight different rock bands that complement the story of the film.

The movie, which has no story, just has the two actors iterating through having sex, listening to another concert and snorting some more drugs.

Review by: SteveRhodes

Added: 7 years ago

Porn with pretensions, 9 SONGS tells the story of two generic characters who live a pointless life of sex, drugs and rock 'n roll, especially sex, which is shown just as explicitly as in any film from the "adult film industry."

9 SONGS, however, is by overrated directory Michael Winterbottom (24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE and WELCOME TO SARAJEVO) and not by some person you've never heard of from the world of pornography. The problem with 9 SONGS isn't in the explicitness of the non-simulated sex. The reason the film isn't worth recommending to anyone is that the "lovers" in the story, Matt (Kieran O'Brien) and Lisa (Margo Stilley), never convince us that they care for each other or anything else, not the sex, the music or the cocaine. The movie, which has no story, just has the two actors iterating through having sex, listening to another concert and snorting some more drugs.

The cinematography is the overexposed and underlit type of digital video that critics love and audiences hate. Although it's sometimes hard to see the images, what is obvious is that O'Brien's penis is as large, as Stilley's breasts are tiny. At one point, Stilley's character worries that she looks like a boy, but OBrien's character reassures her that he likes that about her. Well, I didn't like much about either of them. Watching them go at it with such a lack of genuine passion is enough to make one reconsider the virtues of abstinence as a lifestyle.

9 SONGS runs 1:11. It is not rated but would be NC-17 for graphic, real sex and would be acceptable for college students.