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William Parrish's charmed life and orderly household are suddenly
disrupted by the arrival of an enigmatic young man who proceeds
to fall in love with Parrish's beautiful daughter. For Parrish
and his family, the consequences of this romance are profound,
complicated and bittersweet, for Joe Black is actually the personification
Romantic Comedy - Meet Joe Black is a supernatural-type romance with a premise
similar to the recent hit City of Angels. Female viewers are most
likely to enjoy the film, with its doomed love story and the presence
of lead actor Brad Pitt. The performances are solid, but the script
is often windy and cliched. Younger viewers in particular may be
very bored by the film's extremely slow pace and long (3 hour) running
time. Mostly intended for viewers interested in contemplating its
themes of love, life and death.
PROFANITY: Moderately frequent but strong SEX/NUDITY: Lengthy sexual scene, but no nudity VIOLENCE: One car accident scene DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Several scenes of wine consumption ACTION: None. COMEDY: Fish-out-of-water humor of character relating to unfamiliar surroundings
Having spent eternity in the isolation of his never-ending task, Death
(Brad Pitt) decides to take a holiday in human form in MEET JOE BLACK.
By the time the film ends, you might feel that he's made up for that
eternity. At three hours in length, MEET JOE BLACK drapes every moment
and every word in heavy significance, turning a simple star-crossed
love story into a grand meditation on the Meaning of Life. Though the
acting is solid and many individual moments work, the dead space between
them grows wearying. Life should have seemed more vivid in MEET JOE
BLACK, and less like an endurance test.