Crash: A complex story of strangers whose lives intersect in unexpected ways. I can’t really explain the plot very well (though the film starts with a car crash, that’s not really the central focus), but most of the story deals with race and racism. All the major “color” groups are covered: blacks, whites, Middle Easterners, Hispanics, and Asians. There’s a lot of anger and self-righteousness and paranoia and defensiveness, and no one is completely innocent (except maybe one guy). It’s a pretty hard movie to take at times, but I’m glad I watched it. It gave me a lot to think about, much of it pretty uncomfortable, and had I watched it with a group I’m sure the discussion afterward would have been lively. Definitely deserving of its Oscars.

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