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  •  I thought Crash (6+ / 0-)

    Was garbage.  I found it intolerably, outrageously offensive on many levels, with a plot dependent on wild coincidences that soap opera writers would reject.  It came across as being written by someone who had never met anyone of another race, and based his entire knowledge of other cultures on outdated stereotypes and racist jokes.  I've honestly never understood what so many people seem to see in it.

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    by cartwrightdale on Tue Jun 16, 2009 at 08:03:53 PM PDT

    •  CRASH is how rich, white, liberal men view (4+ / 0-)
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      race relations. It's an embarrassment to filmmaking and the city of L.A. You knew Paul Haggis had never been to or talked to anyone in the real world outside his Malibu estate.

      And occasionally its glaring like when Ludacris lets all the Chinese People go in Chinatown. I kept thinking, Dude, there's no Chinese people in Chinatown anymore really. Chinatown L.A. is a theme park more or less. If you want to meet Chinese immigrants go out to the San Gabriel.

      But Paul Haggis couldn't have known that because he's never been there.

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      by Larry Madill on Tue Jun 16, 2009 at 08:11:42 PM PDT

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      •  Crash worked as a movie because it made (1+ / 0-)
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        all of us seem normal in comparison to the people in the film whose lives were seemingly lived around racism. I thought it was funny that for a movie talking about racial steotypes they had the black guys hijack a car, chased by the cops and then shot by a white young blonde haired cop. I didn't hate the movie, i thought Ludacris and Don Cheadle as well as Brendan Fraser, strangely enough, were superb in it, but my goodness, Oscar-worthy? Nope.

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          One of the sad realities is that some members of stereotyped groups behave in a way that is consistent with the stereotype.  Part of the film's strength is that it recognized this and didn't shy away from it.  If Ludacris was the only Black character in the film, this would be another example of racial stereotyping and exploitation.  But he isn't...and he gets to redeem himself.

          Are all the chance encounters realistic?  Of course not.  That's where the film requires some suspension of disbelief in order to make its larger point: That racism is intertwined into every person's daily life.  I think the people in the film are normal.  I think most of us can find someone in the film we can relate to.

    •  What I love about Crash (2+ / 0-)
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      I can't say what other people see in it, but here are a few things I love about it:

      1.  It's characters are aware of various racial and ethnic stereotypes.  Some of them are searching for ways to escape them.  Others are willing to take advantage of them.  But everyone is affected by them.  This feels true to me.
      1.  The film understands that there are very few racist people (just the ones who self-identify that way, like the Klan) but that well-meaning people can nevertheless perpetrate racist behavior.  Spoiler alert: I consider the homicide at the end of the film to be a racist act because I don't think it would have happened if the passenger was white.
      1.  The film shows that the same people can be victims of racism one minute and perpetrators the next, depending on the context.  

      I can go on...perhaps I will in a separate diary.

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