The Perpetual Three-Dot Column
The Perpetual Three-Dot Column
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by Jesse Walker

Thursday, March 23, 2006
MINI-REVIEW: Paul Haggis' Crash wants to be a film about human complexity, but it's too relentlessly simple-minded to pull it off. If you don't want to subject yourself to the movie, which I recommend only to aficionados of awful dialogue, here's the gist:

1. Even people who seem to be bad can be good sometimes.
2. Even people who seem to be good can be bad sometimes.
3. Racism racism racism racism racism.

Is it the worst movie ever to win the Oscar for Best Picture? Not necessarily: There's still Gentleman's Agreement, in which Gregory Peck plays a reporter who pretends to be Jewish so he can write an article about what anti-Semitism is really like. You'd think the magazine could have just hired a Jew to write the piece, but maybe the mag was restricted.


posted by Jesse 12:53 PM
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