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August 25, 2006

I tried to watch Crash.

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I really did. I get some points for trying, right? I put Crash in my Netflix queue because it won all those awards and everyone was talking about how wonderful and brilliant it was. But I guess I didn't really want to watch it, because I put off watching it and put off watching it and put off watching it. For about three months.

I finally decided this was ridiculous and I'd just put the darn thing on. I got through the first half hour. Enh. It really amuses me that Netflix says I'd like it because I like Love, Actually. Sure, they both have ensemble casts, but other than that, I didn't really see anything in common. Love, Actually is warm and funny and touching and about, you know, love. Crash (or its first half hour, at least) was cold and unfunny and I guess about hate, but mostly about gratuituous violence and swearing, I think. If you want an interesting, thought-provoking movie about the intertwining lives of families from various races and cultures, watch What's Cooking? by the wonderful, versatile Gurinder Chadha (of Bend It Like Beckham and Bride and Prejudice fame). If you want badly-acted, heavy-handed, obvious social messages, do what I did: turn off Crash and watch 7th Heaven reruns instead. At least they seem sincere.

Posted by Kat at August 25, 2006 11:42 AM

I had exactly the same reaction (and watched exactly as much as you) to "Crash." We Kats think alike.

Posted by: kmkat at August 25, 2006 12:24 PM

that happened to me with life of pi ...

Posted by: peninah at August 25, 2006 02:03 PM

I'm sorry you didn't like it. I did, but I saw it right when it came out, before all the hype. The end is a little more uplifting, FWIW.

I totally disagree that it's like Love, Actually, but Netflix recommendations are never accurate.

You might enjoy Playing by Heart--it really is similar to Love, Actually.

Posted by: Amy K. at August 25, 2006 11:45 PM

crash had people coming out crying at the end, thats all i know about it. i never bothered watching it, i didnt want to cry. haha.

Posted by: aisling at August 26, 2006 02:06 AM

Pieces of April is a wonderfully cute Thanksgiving dysfunctional family movie that you should see if you have not already.

Posted by: sprinkles at August 27, 2006 07:39 PM

I really liked Crash--it's well-acted, well-written, and the direction is spot on. Granted, it is a heavy movie. Don't try watching it again if you're looking for a pick-me-up.

Posted by: Pattie at August 28, 2006 10:18 PM
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