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"CRASH"
(2005) (Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon) (R)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Moderate Heavy Extreme Heavy Heavy
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Mild None Mild Heavy Extreme
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Extreme Mild Moderate Heavy Heavy


QUICK TAKE:
Drama: Disparate residents of Los Angeles deal with each other and the various effects that racism has on them and their relationships with others.
PLOT:
Graham Waters (DON CHEADLE) is a detective in Los Angeles, a sprawling city filled with people of different races and ethnicities, as well as unresolved racist beliefs, attitudes and actions. He and his partner and lover, Ria (JENNIFER ESPOSITO), have just been involved in a car accident where such attitudes surface. Yet, he's more interested in a recently discovered body along the side of the road, unaware of the events from the preceding day that led him to his place.

It starts when thugs Anthony (CHRIS "LUDACRIS" BRIDGES) and Peter (LARENZ TATE) carjack the district attorney, Rick (BRENDAN FRASER), and his wife, Jean (SANDRA BULLOCK), who's upset that societal pressures prevented her from acting on her gut instinct to avoid the two men. Officer Ryan (MATT DILLON) of the LAPD has no such hesitations, however. Upset with what he thinks equal rights have done to the country and his father - not to mention thinking his pop's getting the cold insurance shoulder from black HMO worker Shaniqua (LORETTA DEVINE) -- he takes out his anger on black TV director Cameron Thayer (TERRENCE HOWARD) and his wife Christine (THANDIE NEWTON) during a traffic stop.

His young partner, Officer Thomas Hansen (RYAN PHILLIPPE), is uncomfortable with Ryan's racist actions, but their black boss, Lt. Dixon (KEITH DAVID), won't do anything about it. Also harboring and encountering racist feelings is Farhad (SHAUN TOUB), an Iraqi shop owner whose daughter, Dori (BAHAR SOOMEKH), is upset with him for having recently purchased a handgun. When his shop is broken into and ransacked, he thinks locksmith Daniel Ruiz (MICHAEL PEŅA), father to 5-year-old Lara (ASHLYN SANCHEZ), is responsible since Farhad didn't take his advice to fix a broken door.

As their various stories intersect throughout the day and night, various forms of racism repeatedly rear their ugly heads, eventually leading to an act of violence that leaves one person dead.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Older teenagers might be interested in it, but the film doesn't otherwise seem too enticing for most other kids.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For language, sexual content and some violence.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • DON CHEADLE plays a detective with the LAPD who's investigating the discovery of a body while also searching for his delinquent brother for their junkie mother. He smokes, uses profanity, and has sex with Ria, his cop partner.
  • JENNIFER ESPOSITO plays his cop partner and lover who uses strong profanity.
  • MATT DILLON plays a 17-year veteran on the police force whose racist attitudes and behavior stem from how equal rights affected his father and his business (that employed many black people, but was forced to close). He uses strong profanity and sexually frisks Christine in a demeaning manner, but later saves her.
  • RYAN PHILLIPPE plays Ryan's young partner who becomes increasingly uncomfortable with Ryan's racist attitudes and behavior. He uses strong profanity and ends up killing a person.
  • TERRENCE HOWARD plays a black TV director who thinks he did the wise thing by not antagonizing Officer Ryan (who's white), despite the latter being in the wrong and groping Cameron's wife during a traffic stop. He uses strong profanity and has a violent encounter with Anthony and Peter before a tense standoff with the police.
  • THANDIE NEWTON plays his wife who's upset that he didn't do anything more and let the white cop get away with groping her. She uses strong profanity and is intoxicated in one scene.
  • CHRIS "LUDACRIS" BRIDGES plays a philosophical thug who uses strong profanity and carjacks various people at gunpoint.
  • LARENZ TATE plays his partner in crime with a long criminal record who does the same (without any philosophizing).
  • BRENDAN FRASER plays the district attorney who's more concerned about racial imagery during his tenure than having just been carjacked at gunpoint.
  • SANDRA BULLOCK plays his well-to-do but angry and bitter wife who uses some profanity and has racist thoughts after their carjacking.
  • MICHAEL PEŅA plays a locksmith who must put up with racist attitudes toward him, all while trying to make a better home for his young daughter.
  • ASHLYN SANCHEZ plays his young daughter who's concerned about whether their new neighborhood is as violent as their last was.
  • SHAUN TOUB plays an immigrant shop owner who doesn't take Daniel's advice about replacing his door and thus thinks he's the one responsible for trashing his shop. He then seeks revenge with the gun he's recently purchased, and uses strong profanity.
  • BAHAR SOOMEKH plays his daughter at the shop who isn't crazy about him having a gun.
  • KEITH DAVID plays Ryan and Thomas' superior officer who uses profanity and refuses to believe that Ryan is a racist cop.
  • LORETTA DEVINE plays a black HMO office worker who isn't happy with how Ryan is treating her due to her skin color.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    The following is a brief summary of the content found in this R-rated drama. Profanity consists of at least 91 "f" words, while other expletives and colorful phrases are uttered. Sexually related dialogue (some of it explicit) is present, as is a sex scene (with nudity), while female to male oral sex occurs just off camera and a cop sexually gropes a woman while frisking her. Violence includes a person being shot and killed (with bloody results), an unseen murder, a man shooting at another man and seemingly hitting his young daughter (but she's perfectly fine afterwards), other threatening with guns, some fighting, and a hit and run (with bloody results).

    Some of those scenes may be unsettling or suspenseful for some viewers, while all sorts of bad attitudes (criminal, racist and other) are present. A person is noted as being a junkie and a drug related comment is made, while some characters smoke, a couple has problems in their marriage and a woman sees her dead adult son in the morgue. Should you still be concerned about the film's appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home, you may want to look more closely at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • Ryan gives Cameron a sobriety test on the street, and while Christine appears to be intoxicated, she says Cameron doesn't drink.
  • Graham finds a needle and spoon (for drug use) in his mom's place and we then see that she's a junkie.
  • Graham says that a dead cop was probably coked out of his mind.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • We see a dead body on the street (of a cop who was murdered).
  • Not paying attention where he's driving, Anthony hits a person on the road, dragging the victim beneath their stolen SUV for a bit (not seen). We then see the man's face that's very bloody.
  • Lt. Dixon tells Thomas that he should use an "uncontrollable flatulence" problem as a reason to be removed as Ryan's partner.
  • Anthony and Peter take their stolen SUV to a chop shop, but the owner isn't happy with unseen blood on it.
  • We see Ryan's father seated on the toilet, but don't see or hear any related activity (he's having problems going).
  • Christine has a little bit of blood on her head following a car accident.
  • We see the flash of a cop shooting a guy in his car, with blood then coming from the guy's mouth.
  • We see blood on a dead man's shirt.
  • A man's face is very cut up (seen in a hospital).
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • All sorts of racism is on display in the film from characters of all races.
  • An Asian woman meanly states that Mexicans don't know how to drive. In response, Ria (who's Hispanic) makes fun of the Asian woman's accent, saying "blake" for brake.
  • A white gun shop owner tells Farhad to "plan the jihad on your own time."
  • Anthony and Peter carjack various people.
  • A comment is made that someone "Shot himself the wrong nigger."
  • Jean thinks that Daniel (the locksmith) is a gang banger and doesn't trust him.
  • When Ryan gets no help from an insurance worker, he hears her name ("Shaniqua") and then states "Big f*cking surprise" (equating what he thinks is bad service with her race).
  • Rick wanted to pin a medal on a black guy and is surprised and upset that the person he chose isn't black.
  • Ryan pushes Cameron to his SUV and manhandles Christine during a traffic stop (including doing some sexual frisking of her -- his hand going up her dress).
  • Not paying attention where he's driving, Anthony hits a person on the road, dragging the victim beneath their stolen SUV for a bit (not seen). We then see the man's face that's very bloody and he screams off camera as they drag him off the road where they drop him hard to the sidewalk (and leave him as a hit and run victim).
  • Anthony and Peter refer to an Asian man as a "Chinaman."
  • Anthony and Peter take their stolen SUV to a chop shop, but the owner isn't happy with unseen blood on it.
  • Ria is upset with Graham for calling her a Mexican, with him half-jokingly replying, "Who brought them all together and taught them how to park their cars on the lawn?"
  • Jean has a bad attitude toward her foreign born maid (but later hugs and tells her that she's her best friend).
  • A producer complains to Cameron that a black actor is talking "less black" and is concerned about that for the show.
  • Ryan meets Shaniqua and comments on the five white guys who didn't get her job due to her skin color.
  • A cop official has racist beliefs and says, "F*cking black people" and then asks if various "black problems" bother Graham (who's black).
  • A cop official blackmails Graham over his missing brother in exchange for framing a bad cop (and Graham reluctantly goes along with that).
  • We see that Farhad, armed with his handgun, is waiting for Daniel. He then confronts and holds his gun on Daniel.
  • We see the flash of a cop shooting a guy in his car, with blood then coming from the guy's mouth. The cop then dumps the body, leaves the scene and then burns his car to destroy any evidence of the crime.
  • We see that a man had been transporting Asian slaves in the back of his van.
  • A chop shop owner uses the term "chinks" when referring to Asians and then states that he'll sell them himself. Later, however, Anthony frees all of them.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • Scenes listed under "Violence" or "Blood/Gore" may be unsettling or suspenseful to younger viewers and/or those with low tolerance levels for such material.
  • Graham arrives at the scene of a dead body discovery and sees one of the victim's shoes, but we don't see the body at this point (we do later in the film).
  • Anthony and Peter carjack Rick and Jean's SUV at gunpoint, aiming a handgun directly at Jean and then throwing her to the street.
  • Ryan pushes Cameron to his SUV and manhandles Christine during a traffic stop (including doing some sexual frisking of her -- his hand going up her dress).
  • Ryan comes across an accident scene where one car is on fire and another is on its roof and leaking gasoline with a woman trapped inside. It turns out to be Christine who then freaks out upon seeing Ryan (who earlier molested her during a traffic stop). He nevertheless races to get her out as the gasoline spreads toward the burning car. As her car is then on fire, he desperately works to free her, but others drag him out, leaving her there in the burning vehicle. He then dives back in and manages to get her out before the car explodes.
  • We see that Farhad, armed with his handgun, is waiting for Daniel. He then confronts and holds his gun on Daniel, with the latter's daughter seeing this. She then rushes out to save her dad with the imaginary protective force field he earlier gave her and Farhad accidentally shoots her (she seems to be hit, but is then okay with no apparent ill effect).
  • Anthony and Peter carjack Cameron who's not in the mood for that. He opens his door into Anthony and then hits and kicks him, with Peter then aiming his gun at Cameron. When they hear police sirens, Peter takes off, but Cameron and Anthony struggle over control of a handgun. A police chase ensues, with cops then aiming shotguns and handguns at Cameron who gets out and walks toward them, mad at what's occurred and armed (known to us, but not the cops). They tell him to stop and get more edgy, but he won't until Thomas cools the situation.
  • Thomas gives a ride to Peter, unaware of who or what he is (a carjacker). Once Thomas begins to get suspicious and sees Peter reaching for something, Thomas reaches for his gun.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • Handguns: Used to threaten others, kill one person and fired once toward another (seemingly hitting a little girl, but she appears to be fine afterwards). See "Violence" for more details.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "F*ck you (too)," "Get the f*ck out of my store," "What the f*ck /is you laughing at/was that?" "Really f*cking great," "Big f*cking surprise," "M*therf*cking pig," "Shut your f*cking mouth," "So completely f*cked up," "You f*cking cheater," "Really f*cking wrong," "I'd kick your f*cking ass," "I'm not gonna f*cking hurt you," "F*cking black people," "F*ck you very much," "F*cker," "Suck my m*therf*cking d*ck," "This is f*cking nuts," "F*cking jerk," "If you gave a sh*t," "Holy sh*t," "No sh*t," "Good sh*t," "Cut through the bullsh*t," "Sh*tty," "Piece of sh*t," "Racist pr*ck," "Jerk off" (masturbate), "Lazy ass," "Voodoo ass," "Why the hell do you do that?" "Pissed," "Shot himself the wrong nigger," "Cracker ass," "Sons of bitches," "Pig" (cop), "You little rat," "Piss," "Wait a G*ddamn minute," "Scary ass," "The man's an idiot," "You stupid cow," "Chinks" (for Asians) and "Bitch."
  • Daniel has various tattoos.
  • A woman sports something of a punker look, with a nose ring and a pierced eyebrow.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • A mild amount of suspenseful music plays in the film.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • A song includes at least 1 use of "m*therf*ck" in it, while the term "nigger" is also heard.
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 91 "f" words (5 used with "mother," 1 used sexually), 11 "s" words, 5 slang terms using male genitals ("pr*ck" and "d*ck"), 11 asses (1 used with "hole"), 8 hells, 1 damn, 1 S.O.B., 4 uses each of "G-damn" and "Oh God," 3 of "Oh my God" and 1 use each of "Christ," "For Christ's sakes" and "For God's sakes."
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • In the background of a shot, we see a painting that shows a bare-breasted woman, while we also see some pubic hair (all in an artsy fashion).
  • Rick's assistant shows some cleavage.
  • Ryan and Thomas come across a stopped SUV and see the female passenger's head come up from the driver's lap (seen through the back window with no details). It turns out to be Cameron and Christine and the later, who's intoxicated, curses at Ryan. Ryan replies that she has "quite the mouth on you," but then says to Cameron, "But I guess you know that" (innuendo). Christine is upset, stating that Ryan thought he saw a white girl "blowing" a black man. Ryan then proceeds to frisk her in a sexual manner (while talking of fellatio, etc.), including running his hand up her leg and inside her cocktail dress. Later, Christine is mad at Cameron for not doing anything and complains of the cop shoving his hand up her crotch. She them mockingly imitates Cameron talking to the cop saying "Next time you want to finger f*ck my wife."
  • We hear sexual sounds and then see Graham on top of Ria, first just a torso shot and then a full body shot of both (we see her bare breasts). A phone call interrupts them, with Graham telling the caller (who he then says was his mom), "I'm having sex with a white woman." Ria is then upset and sarcastically tells him, "You're gonna go in the shower and jerk off."
  • SMOKING
  • Graham smokes several times, while several minor or miscellaneous characters also smoke in a few scenes.
  • We see cigarette butts in an ashtray.
  • We see more cigarette butts in Graham's mom's ashtray.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • Christine is very upset with Cameron for not standing up to Ryan sexually frisking her during a traffic stop. That leads to marital discord between them.
  • A woman sees her son in the morgue following her other son having found the body. The mother then accuses the living son of being responsible for his brother's death.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • Racism among different races.
  • Anthony and Peter comment on/complain about white racism in a restaurant toward them (despite their waitress being black), and how just because they look the way they do doesn't mean they're thugs/criminals (referring to how Jean reacted upon seeing them). They then proceed to carjack Jean and Rick at gunpoint.
  • Jean complains about how society would perceive a white woman reacting adversely to seeing black men approaching her, adding that in her case, she had the right reaction but didn't act on it (and was then carjacked).
  • Police overstepping the boundaries of the law.
  • Daniel finds his daughter under the bed (after they've moved out of a bad neighborhood). She wants to know how far bullets go and there's talk of one that went through her window in the past.
  • Ryan tells Thomas that the latter thinks he knows who he is, but that he really has no idea and to wait a few years and see (meaning what someone is capable of believing and doing after experience has molded them).
  • We hear that Graham's brother is a three-time felon.
  • Jean admits that she's angry all of the time but doesn't know why.
  • VIOLENCE
  • Anthony and Peter carjack Rick and Jean's SUV at gunpoint, aiming a handgun directly at Jean and then throwing her to the street.
  • Ryan pushes Cameron to his SUV and manhandles Christine during a traffic stop (including doing some sexual frisking of her -- his hand going up her dress).
  • Not paying attention where he's driving, Anthony hits a person on the road, dragging the victim beneath their stolen SUV for a bit (not seen). We then see the man's face that's very bloody and he screams off camera as they drag him off the road where they drop him hard to the sidewalk (and leave him as a hit and run victim).
  • Farhad discovers that his store has been broken into and ransacked (with some graffiti on things).
  • We see that Farhad, armed with his handgun, is waiting for Daniel. He then confronts and holds his gun on Daniel, with the latter's daughter seeing this. She then rushes out to save her dad with the imaginary protective force field he earlier gave her and Farhad accidentally shoots her (she seems to be hit, but is then okay with no apparent ill effect).
  • Anthony and Peter carjack Cameron who's not in the mood for that. He opens his door into Anthony and then hits and kicks him, with Peter then aiming his gun at Cameron. When they hear police sirens, Peter takes off, but Cameron and Anthony struggle over control of a handgun. A police chase ensues, with cops then aiming shotguns and handguns at Cameron who gets out and walks toward them, mad at what's occurred and armed (known to us, but not the cops). They tell him to stop and get more edgy, but he won't until Thomas cools the situation.
  • Jean accidentally slips and tumbles down some stairs, but is okay.
  • We see the flash of a cop shooting a guy in his car, with blood then coming from the guy's mouth. The cop then dumps the body and leaves the scene.
  • A cop burns his car to destroy any evidence of a murder he committed. A bunch of kids then throw things onto the burning car like a bonfire.
  • There's a brief car crash.



  • Reviewed April 1, 2005 / Posted May 6, 2005

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