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Paul Haggis. A Brentwood housewife and her DA husband. A Persian store owner. Two police detectives who are also lovers. An African-American television director and his wife. A Mexican locksmith. Two car-jackers. A rookie cop. A middle-aged Korean couple…They all live in Los Angeles. And during the next 36 hours, they will all collide…
Drama - This is a very serious drama about the issue of racism and prejudice
in general. Fans of Sandra Bullock's light comedy work should be
warned as this is a gritty, tough film. Definitely one for thinking
adults. Those sensitive to possibly incendiary and offensive
statements about race should steer clear.
PROFANITY: Over 30 F-words, 11 S-words, 4 GD's, many others. SEX/NUDITY: Sex with nudity; a man molests a woman. VIOLENCE: Shootings, fights, beatings. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent cigarettes. ACTION: One car chase. COMEDY: Possibly offensive race-related verbal humor; some body function humor.
The above rating is an average of the critic reviews below.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average "Crash" asks us to consider the causes of racism as much as to examine its effects. In doing this, "Crash" sets itself apart, at least to a degree, from other, similar motion pictures. Unfortunately, the running time is too short for us to get to know, or care about, the characters in a way that would make the film's themes strike a responsive chord.
Roger EbertFull Review Excellent "Crash" is a movie with free will, and anything can happen. Because we care about the characters, the movie is uncanny in its ability to rope us in and get us involved. Not many films have the possibility of making their audiences better people. I don't expect "Crash" to work any miracles, but I believe anyone seeing it is likely to be moved to have a little more sympathy for people not like themselves.
USA TodayFull Review Very Good Audiences may cringe as Haggis taps into the kind of offensive images that surreptitiously seep into the brains of even the most open-minded. His point is simple: No one is immune. The movie is undercut by a predictable narrative twist and occasional melodrama. Characters get a bit preachy about the tinderbox that is Los Angeles. But those flaws are outweighed by Crash's intricate construction and intelligent, if melancholy, exploration of race and class warfare.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
We collected 117 moviegoer opinions. First let me say that most, especially the teen and twentysomething females, really loved "Crash." There were however quite a few who thought it was just OK/average and a few who didn't care much for it. Some of the negative comments were that it was slow and depressing with too much racism. The positive comments were that it had a powerful message and was thought provoking. So, if you enjoy real life, thought provoking stories then chances are "Crash" is a movie you will enjoy.