Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Nine Perfect Strangers Review: An All Star Retreat Of Mind Opening And Altering Activities

Tiffany Boone	...	 Delilah8 episodes, 2021  Alyla Browne	Alyla Browne	...	 Tatiana8 episodes, 2021  Bobby Cannavale	Bobby Cannavale	...	 Tony8 episodes, 2021  Luke Evans	Luke Evans	...	 Lars8 episodes, 2021  Melvin Gregg	Melvin Gregg	...	 Ben8 episodes, 2021  Regina Hall	Regina Hall	...	 Carmel8 episodes, 2021  Les Hill	Les Hill	...	 Kendall8 episodes, 2021  Manny Jacinto	Manny Jacinto	...	 Yao8 episodes, 2021  Asher Keddie	Asher Keddie	...	 Heather8 episodes, 2021  Nicole Kidman	Nicole Kidman	...	 Masha8 episodes, 2021  Melissa McCarthy	Melissa McCarthy	...	 Francis8 episodes, 2021  Michael Shannon	Michael Shannon	...	 Napoleon8 episodes, 2021  Grace Van Patten	Grace Van Patten	...	 Zoe8 episodes, 2021  Samara Weaving	Samara Weaving	...	 Jessica8 episodes, 2021  Isabelle Cornish	Isabelle Cornish		4 episodes, 2021  Zoe Terakes	Zoe Terakes	...	 Glory4 episodes, 2021  Hal Cumpston	Hal Cumpston	...	 Zach Marconi2 episodes, 2021  Blake McFarlane	Blake McFarlane		2 episodes, 2021  Dakota Beaumont	Dakota Beaumont	...	 Swimmer1 episode, 2021  Peter Callan	Peter Callan		1 episode, 2021  Les Chantery	Les Chantery	...	 Detective Smith1 episode, 2021  Astrid Wells Cooper	Astrid Wells Cooper		1 episode, 2021  Lyon Diab	Lyon Diab	...	 Bartender1 episode, 2021

Release date: August 18, 2021
Running time: 8 x 45 minute episodes
Director: David E. Kelley
Writers: David E. Kelley, John Henry Butterworth, and Samantha Strauss
Stars: Nicole Kidman, Melissa McCarthy, Michael Shannon, Luke Evans, Bobby Cannavale, Regina Hall, Samara Weaving, Melvin Gregg, Asher Keddie, Grace Van Patten, Tiffany Boone and Manny Jacinto.

Based on The New York Times bestselling book by author Liane Moriarty, “Nine Perfect Strangers” takes place at a boutique health-and-wellness resort that promises healing and transformation as nine stressed city dwellers try to get on a path to a better way of living. Watching over them during this 10-day retreat is the resort’s director, Masha, a woman on a mission to reinvigorate their tired minds and bodies. However, these nine “perfect” strangers have no idea what is about to hit them. 

Angie Diaz	...	 Sheila Stone1 episode, 2021  Angie Diaz	Angie Diaz		1 episode, 2021  Shane Emmett	Shane Emmett	...	 Taxi Driver NYC1 episode, 2021  Liz Esguerra	Liz Esguerra	...	 Detective Jones1 episode, 2021  Ben Falcone	Ben Falcone		1 episode, 2021  Andrew William Finlay	Andrew William Finlay	...	 Peace Corps Worker1 episode, 2021  Damien Garvey	Damien Garvey		1 episode, 2021  Natalie M Higgins	Natalie M Higgins	...	 Parent1 episode, 2021  Elisabeth Huggins	Elisabeth Huggins		1 episode, 2021  Jason Jago	Jason Jago	...	 NYC Businessman1 episode, 2021  Peter Mackenzie	Peter Mackenzie		1 episode, 2021  Matt Okine	Matt Okine		1 episode, 2021  Arnika Paske	Arnika Paske	...	 Football Fan1 episode, 2021  Jake Ryan	Jake Ryan	...	 Buster1 episode, 2021  Ezekiel Simat	Ezekiel Simat	...	 Mark Johnson1 episode, 2021  Alexandra Stammell	Alexandra Stammell		1 episode, 2021  Thomas Webb	Thomas Webb		1 episode, 2021
Nine Perfect Stranger's main draw is this phenomenal cast, and they definitely do not disappoint.  I loved seeing each character and the strange circumstances that brought them all together for this retreat.  The series does a good job of slowly revealing aspects of their past to both showcase why they decided to go to the retreat, and also show what they are hoping to fix.  The series does a great job of pulling together this very different set of people and then putting them in situations that both force them to interact but then also open them up to sharing.  And it is not just the strangers that are draws in this film.  Kidman as the guru is an interesting character, with a seemingly psychic knowledge of everyone and an otherworldly glow to her.  And her assistants / disciples are also a lot of fun to see; I liked seeing their devotion to her teachings.  

And overall the retreat itself is breathtaking, with an amazing setting for this drama to occur.  There is a beautiful house and wonderful nature surrounding these characters as they confront some very difficult parts of themselves.  But you don't come to this show for an idyllic retreat, and Nine Perfect Strangers has plenty of drama.  As you would expect, as these characters confront certain parts of themselves and try to improve, they run into physical and mental roadblocks.  And they also have to contend with each other's potentially ulterior motives.  And the film has an overall thriller part to it as well that wasn't realized in the six episodes I saw.  And it is this combination of unsettling and wonderful that makes Nine Perfect Strangers fun to watch.  You will have some difficult discussions and confrontations occur in a picture perfect resort setting.

And the film also has some great imagery as well; there is some biblical imagery and other iconography that help to give the series an otherworldly tone.  However, at least from the six episodes I saw, the film could have gone more extreme with some of the guru aspects.  It touches on several well publicized guru retreats and mishaps, but overall it feels tame and safe.  Now this might change in the last two episodes, but at least what I saw makes this an interesting series but one that I expected to be more extreme.  And the film tends to slow down a lot; which is not to say that I did not enjoy it, just that it really does feel like a retreat at times.  I was expecting something more exciting, but again maybe that is left for the last two episodes. 

Nine Perfect Strangers has a fantastic cast, who play a variety of broken characters, and an idyllic setting for this guru-inspired mind opening and altering experience.  

Watch it.
Molly Allen	...	executive producer (8 episodes, 2021) Gillian Bohrer	...	producer (8 episodes, 2021) John-Henry Butterworth	...	executive producer (8 episodes, 2021) T. Rafael Cimino	...	co-executive producer (8 episodes, 2021) Barbara Gibbs	...	line producer / producer (8 episodes, 2021) Steve Hutensky	...	executive producer (8 episodes, 2021) David E. Kelley	...	executive producer (8 episodes, 2021) Nicole Kidman	...	executive producer (8 episodes, 2021) Jonathan Levine	...	executive producer (8 episodes, 2021) Jodi Matterson	...	executive producer (8 episodes, 2021) Melissa McCarthy	...	executive producer (8 episodes, 2021) Liane Moriarty	...	executive producer (8 episodes, 2021) Bruna Papandrea	...	executive producer (8 episodes, 2021) Mark Rodgers	...	EPK Producer (8 episodes, 2021) Per Saari	...	executive producer (8 episodes, 2021) Jessica Sharzer	...	co-executive producer (8 episodes, 2021) Lori Slomka	...	co-producer (8 episodes, 2021) Samantha Strauss	...	executive producer (8 episodes, 2021) Matthew Tinker	...	supervising producer (8 episodes, 2021) Casey Haver	...	executive producer (1 episode, 2021)
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