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Running Time:
125 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for language, sexuality, some violence and drug use

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
An emotionally wrenching film, that sometimes hard to take, but even harder to fault. It has some of the best acting of the year.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: "21 Grams: In Fragments" featurette



21 Grams
Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu whose "Amores Perros" explored divergent lives that intersect in a Mexico City car crash in 2000, breaks this story down in a similar manner, tracing several different characters and their relationships, and showing how their lives are interconnected by a web of mostly tragic events. He opens on Paul Rivers (Sean Penn "Mystic River"), quietly smoking as he watches his sleeping lover (Naomi Watts, "Mulholland Drive"). Then we see Paul in a hospital with fatal heart disease and where's he's expected to die within a month. Rivers's wife, Mary (Charlotte Gainsbourg), is intent on having a baby with her dying husband via artificial insemination. Then we meet Cristina Peck (Naomi Watts), a former drug addict now settled down with her architect husband (Danny Huston) and taking care of their two children. In yet another seemingly disconnected scene, Jack Jordan (Benicio Del Toro "Traffic"), is an alcoholic who's been in and out of jail, and has been born again and works with Catholic boys. He's covered with tattoos with religious emblems, and married to Marianne (Melissa Leo), who is frequently appalled by his religious fervor. Christina (Watts) receives a phone call and rushes to the hospital to learn that her husband and two daughters have been killed, while an excited Mary wakes up Paul to let him know that a heart transplant donor's been found. Then we see Jack tell wife Marianne (Melissa Leo) that he hit a man and two kids driving home to his birthday party. Marianne leaves the party and goes outside to tearfully wash the blood off his truck, as Jack decides he has to turn himself in. What these characters have in common, what gets them to meet and relate to one another, is their closeness to death, their own or that of someone close to them. The three actors are all exceptional. Penn is totally believable as a man minutes from death, Watts is grief personified, struggling to find some kind of life with Paul even as she rages against him. Best of all is Del Toro, the ex-con who finds redemption more grueling when the faith he denies forces him to do the right thing.






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