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A freak accident brings together a critically ill mathematician, a grieving mother, and a born-again ex-con.

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This is the story of three well-meaning but flawed people: Paul Rivers, an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English émigré, Christina Peck; an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married and mother of two little girls; and Jack Jordan, an ex-convict who has found in his Christian faith the strength to raise a family. They will be brought together by a terrible accident that will change their lives. By the final frame, none of them will be the same as they will learn harsh truths about love, faith, courage, desire and guilt, and how chance can change our worlds irretrievably, forever. Written by Miguel Cane (Stepford@yahoo.com)

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accident | mathematician | faith | girl | love | See more »

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Rated R for language, sexuality, some violence and drug use | See all certifications »

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19 November 2003 (Mexico)  »

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21 gram  »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$232,610 (Japan) (4 June 2004)

Gross:

$1,529,028 (Japan) (2 July 2004)
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In the scene where Paul tells Cristina that he got her husband's heart implanted, he says that the surgical intervention took place October 11th. 10 plus 11 equals 21. See more »

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At the end of the movie Sean Penn states that 21 grams is equal to the weight of a stack of five nickels. Nickels actually weigh exactly five grams each so a stack of five would weigh 25 grams, not 21. See more »

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[first lines]
Michael: Check, please.
Cathy: Look Daddy, a volcano.
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Michael: It's very pretty. Drink up your volcano. All right. We're going. Mommy's waiting.
Cathy: Daddy, please. Just one more minute.
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Can We Get Together
(2003)
Written by Renee Funderburgh, Anson Funderburgh and John Street
Performed by Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets (as Anson Funderburgh and Rockets)
Licensed courtesy of Bullseye Blues & Jazz, a Rounder Records Group label
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Extremely good, extremely powerful
21 March 2004 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

I'm actually the opposite of a drama fan- but this movie really touched me, and although it's quite tough to take in, I loved it.

I think above all, one has to bow to Guillermo Arriaga, the writer, as "21 Grams" features probably the best script I've ever seen. I guess the story itself is not that new, but the way how it's done is simply excellent. The first, say, 30 minutes are just scraps- moments in the lives of the three main characters that mean absolutely nothing to the viewer (yet). Adding to that initial confusion is the fact that these scraps are not in temporal order so that in the beginning personally I wasn't sure I'd be able to follow- it was more like a music video that's just not making any sense at all. But then the pieces begin to come together just beautifully until in the end you can see the whole picture. Usually in these episode movies everything comes together at once somewhere in the middle of the film, but in "21 Grams" the viewer puts the pieces together one after another- like a jigsaw puzzle, and every bit as satisfying when everything's completed. This truly is a masterpiece script-wise, and I've never seen anything like it.

That brilliant script is supported by excellent actors. Sean Penn, Naomi Watts and Benicio del Toro are delivering the most convincing acting performance I've ever witnessed. Like when Christina (Watts) screams at Paul (Penn) trying to get rid of all of her anger, frustration, grief and hate: I usually think these emotional outbursts don't seem real on screen, but in this movie it is just deeply touching. I haven't seen "Mystic River" yet, but if Sean Penn was as good as he is in "21 Grams" then the Oscar finally really went to someone who truly deserved it. And Benicio del Toro really is every inch the wonderful actor his reputation claims (I saw him for the first time but had heard a lot of him before, so I was very curious).

Finally, thank you, Mr. Inárritu for putting everything together this nicely. You've made a very impressing 100 % quality movie.


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