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Collateral Beauty

December 16, 2016 | 97 minutes
Directed by: David Frankel | Written by: Allan Loeb
When a successful New York advertising executive (Will Smith) suffers a great tragedy, he retreats from life and falls into a deep depression. While his concerned friends and co-workers (Edward Norton, Kate Winslet, Michael Peña) try 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.
Cast: 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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Collateral Beauty was panned by critics. On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film an approval rating of 12% based on 147 reviews, with an average rating of 3.5/10. The site’s critical consensus reads, “Well-meaning but fundamentally flawed, Collateral Beauty aims for uplift but collapses in unintentional hilarity.” Vince Mancini of Uproxx criticized the film for its misleading trailers and dialogue, writing, “Edward Norton’s character tells Keira Knightley’s about holding his now-estranged daughter (he’s a workaholic!) in his arms for the first time. ‘It wasn’t that I felt love, it was that I felt like I had become love.’ And I am become vomit, the regurgitator of worlds.” Richard Roeper gave the film one out of four stars, saying, “Collateral Beauty is a fraud. It is built on a foundation so contrived, so off-putting, so treacly, the most miraculous thing about this movie is this movie was actually made.”

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