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21 Grams (2003)

R | | Drama | 16 January 2004 (USA)
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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 homemaker with two young daughters, with hiding a secret past; and Jack Jordan, an ex-convict who has found in his Christian faith the strength to live a law-abiding life and 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 have learnt 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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How much does love weigh? See more »

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

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$274,454 (USA) (21 November 2003)

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$16,248,701 (USA) (19 March 2004)
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The story in Cruising Paradise that the pictures are marking is called "The Hero is in His Kitchen". It revolves around a payphone conversation between two men, one in Tucson, Arizona and the other in Los Angeles, California. One of the last things said on the last page of the story (the one the pictures are marking) is "Don't buckle under the weight of a heavy heart!" See more »

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When Paul goes in for his heart transplant, a close-up shows a needle being used to give him an injection into an IV port. The IV port shown is a "needle-less" type and does not work with needled syringes. See more »

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[first lines]
Michael: Check, please.
Cathy: Look Daddy, a volcano.
[Cathy blows bubbles into her soft drink]
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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A María Eladia, Pues cuando ardió la pérdida Reverdecieron sus maizales See more »

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Referenced in Post Grad (2009) See more »

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Back There In My Mind
Written by Marty Jensen
Performed by Scott Eversoll
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari/MasterSource
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9 December 2004 | by (Rochester, NY) – See all my reviews

This film is one of the most emotionally manipulative films I've ever seen. It is also one of the most insulting. It is just awful. It attempts to be profound with the 'great' revelation that born again Christians aren't necessarily the greatest people, and that ex-cons really have a bad side underneath it all...uh really? You think? My patience was wearing with the highly overdramatized character of Christina Peck (Naomi Watts), as she wallowed in her own self-pity, skipping the normal process of grieving. And there was no more pathetic character than that of Paul Rivers (Sean Penn), whose obsessive, dying, math obsessed character made me wonder why any woman would find him attractive. The only character I felt any sympathy for was the beautifully acted and portrayed character of Marianne Jordan (Melissa Leo), who perfectly acted the pain of keeping together a family torn by abuse and alcoholism.

The biggest problem with this film is that it fails in what it sets out to do. It wants to be a piece to show the dark side of human beings by bringing to surface contradictions that we wouldn't otherwise notice. But it reveals little that isn't already known, and it does not show the faults in everyday people in any sort of entertaining and refreshing way. It simply shows us their lives unfolding backwards, a feat that Seinfeld already accomplished, yet with such better results. In the end it is just dark and dreary, and leaves little to be gained from the experience. The dialogue is trite, the scenes are dreary, and this drama about life reflects nothing more than a teenage angst-ridden attempt to make sense of the world.

My life is worse off for having seen it.


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