Collateral Beauty (2016) Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Collateral Beauty (2016)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Love. Time. Death.

  • Starring:

    Will Smith, Edward Norton, Kate Winslet, Michael Peña, Helen Mirren, Naomie Harris, Keira Knightley, Jacob Latimore, Kylie Rogers

  • Directed by:

    David Frankel

  • Running time:

    97 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    A man falls off his skateboard; skateboard thrown. Yelling, arguing. A young girl tells her father she hates him. Blood/gore: Childhood illnesses/death discussed. Stroke, glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), remission, [child] taken off life support mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Flirting, cleavage. A woman browses websites about fertility, conception, sperm donation, etc. Affair with work colleague mentioned. A man says "I've had sex without sexualising it".

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (wine). Vials of pills seen on table. Psycho-stimulant drug, buy designer drugs mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-word, s-words, friggin'. Name-calling (pathetic, stalker, powerless, wood, dead tissue, paper tiger, sick, pushy, weepy, shriveled-up raisin, crazy, thug, mean, arrogant, etc). Religious references (oh my God, hell, oh God, Heaven, etc).

  • THEMES:

    Love, time, death, grief, depression, mental illness, friends, dominoes, loss of a child, recovery, advertising, actors, Christmas, hallucinations, improv, betrayal, private investigators.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Parents talk about the deaths of their children. Divorce, job loss mentioned. Dogs. Toilet, vomiting.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Shiny. Impressive/stellar/deluxe cast.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Shameless, unethical, nonsensical, silly, manipulative, goopy, ludicrous, trite, unchallenging, unmoving, predictable, whimsical, awards-baiting, treacly, cloying, mawkish, schmaltzy, unconvincing, calculated, transparent, heavy-handed, hammy, dishonest, fatuous, hokey, lame, misguided. Clumsy/overdetermined script, madly overqualified cast, one-note performance from Will Smith, programmed pathos, engineered suffering, faux-profound/blunt/expository dialogue, piled-on symbolism, relentless score, slovenly editing, painfully corny.

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