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Collateral Beauty (2016)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 16 December 2016 (USA)
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Retreating from life after a tragedy, a man questions the universe by writing to Love, Time and Death. Receiving unexpected answers, he begins to see how these things interlock and how even loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty.

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David Frankel

Writer:

Allan Loeb
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Smith ... Howard
Edward Norton ... Whit
Kate Winslet ... Claire
Michael Peña ... Simon
Helen Mirren ... Brigitte
Naomie Harris ... Madeline
Keira Knightley ... Amy
Jacob Latimore ... Raffi
Ann Dowd ... Sally Price
Liza Colón-Zayas ... Trevor's Mom
Natalie Gold ... Adam's Mom
Kylie Rogers ... Allison
Shirley Rumierk ... Simon's Wife
Alyssa Cheatham ... Olivia
Benjamin Snyder ... Sally's Grandson
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Storyline

When a successful New York advertising executive suffers a great tragedy, he retreats from life. While his concerned friends try desperately to reconnect with him, he seeks answers from the universe by writing letters to Love, Time and Death. But it's not until his notes bring unexpected personal responses that he begins to understand how these constants interlock in a life fully lived, and how even the deepest loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty Written by Warner Bros

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Plot Keywords:

loss | death | theater | anguish | despair | See All (79) »

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We are all connected See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Belleza inesperada See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,102,085, 16 December 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$30,982,955, 3 February 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$76,168,721, 27 January 2017
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Will Smith heard about co-star Naomie Harris's mom Lisselle Kayla's Jamaican cooking during this shoot, he invited himself to her house, and dined with Naomie and her extended family. See more »

Goofs

Takes place around Christmas in New York and during close ups there are clearly piles of snow against the curbing, put there for effect. Yet a flyover displaying all the streets in the city reveals not a speck of a snow. Was obviously filmed during a warm time of year. See more »

Quotes

Claire: What was that thing you said about Einstein in there?
Raffi: Einstein called time a stubbornly persistant illusion.
Claire: Whats that even mean
Raffi: Time doesn't go from January to December, or from noon to midnight. You know we all just make it that way in our heads.
Claire: That's absurd! Try telling that to a person who's an hour late to a wedding, or that's just been sentenced to 20 years in jail.
Raffi: Or someone fighting the baby clock.
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Crazy Credits

The opening logos of Warner Brothers Pictures, New Line Cinema, Village Roadshow Pictures, Ratpac Entertainment, and Overbrook Entertainment are all in pure white, including the backgrounds, which then goes to a line of pure white domino type blocks ending with a clock shaped circle (also with pure white blocks on a white background) as the movies dialogue starts. See more »

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Featured in OneRepublic: Let's Hurt Tonight (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

World of Love
Written by Binky Griptite
Performed by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (as The Dap-Kings)
Courtesy of Daptone Records
By arrangement with Lip Sync Music Inc.
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Don't expect too much and you'll be fine
23 December 2016 | by watersprinklsSee all my reviews

This movie has such a good and seemingly thought-provoking concept. Initially I definitely expected a lot, thinking the trailer was really good and being that Will Smith is one of my favorite actors. However, I was completely open minded to having the movie play out differently than what I expected.

I think the part I just really didn't like was how the movie was arranged. I'm not sure whether or not it was the way it was directed or the way it was written, but it seemed slow and boring to follow at first. Some scenes or story lines felt underwhelming, shallow, or just unnecessary (making it slow). On top of that, I wish they created more of a story, more background where we feel connected to the characters. As the story unfolds and you learn things, you might sort of feel connected based on where the characters are in their lives. So maybe based on your personal experiences you may feel different than I did, but yeah they didn't really reel me in.

At some point the scenes, dialogue, transitions, or general direction of the movie definitely did feel all over the place and scattered. I wish there would have been more depth, in some cases. The lack thereof may be due to them creating this sort of, light-humored comedic balance. It just felt surface level, as if they were trying to trigger your emotions with surface level things.

Interesting concept, the ending did amaze me, but sadly that was the best part for me.


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