“Nine” brings a bevy of beauties, but will it sing?


They say Italians do it better. Well, what about actors pretending to be Italians? Does that count? Looks like we’ll find out over the holidays when the new big-stars, big-budget musical Nine hits the big screen.

The film stars Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, Kate Hudson, Marion Cotillard and Fergie as a bevy of beautiful women (not too much of a stretch) involved in the life Guido Contini, a playboy Italian film director in the midst of a midlife crisis played by Daniel Day-Lewis (slightly more of a stretch). A new trailer gives us a taste of the all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza.

Well that was, um, flashy. While I’m excited about the prospect of a film with so many female stars, I’m still somewhere just short of wowed. Perhaps it’s because Kate Hudson hasn’t been in a good movie since Almost Famous. Perhaps it’s because all these women are focusing on one guy. Some guys have all the luck.

The movie is based on the Broadway musical which was based on famed director Federico Fellini’s autobiographical film . Marion plays Guido’s wife, Penelope his mistress, Nicole his film muse, Kate an American fashion journalist and Fergie a prostitute from his youth. Oh, and Dame Judi Dench plays his confidant and costume designer and Sophia Loren his mother. Seriously, some guys have all the luck.

Nine opens wide on Christmas day. OK, I take it back, now I’m wowed.

So, are excited about Nine? Or possibly just Penelope in that outfit and that, um, bendy?