Collateral Beauty | Chicago Reader

Collateral Beauty

I can't pin the misfire of this bathetic Will Smith vehicle on any one production element, but Allan Loeb's muddled screenplay demonstrates how some things can never be fixed in the editing room. A hotshot advertising executive (Smith), overcome by grief after the death of his six-year-old daughter, becomes a liability to his firm; to push him out, his partners (Edward Norton, Kate Winslet, Michael Peña) hire stage actors to play metaphysical antagonists—Death (Helen Mirren), Love (Keira Knightley), and Time (Jacob Latimore)—and surreptitiously record their interactions with the father in hope of proving him mentally unbalanced. The premise stretches credulity even before the actors start giving the conspirators personal advice that sounds suspiciously otherworldly. David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada) directed.

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Director:

  • David Frankel

Cast:

  • Will Smith
  • Edward Norton
  • Kate Winslet
  • Michael Peña
  • Helen Mirren
  • Naomie Harris
  • Keira Knightley
  • Jacob Latimore
  • Ann Dowd
  • Liza Colón-Zayas
  • Natalie Gold
  • Kylie Rogers
  • Shirley Rumierk
  • Alyssa Cheatham
  • Benjamin Snyder
  • Mary Beth Peil

Producers:

  • Bard Dorros
  • Michael Sugar
  • Allan Loeb
  • Anthony Bregman
  • Kevin Frakes
  • Toby Emmerich
  • Richard Brener
  • Michael Disco
  • Steven Mnuchin
  • Michael Bederman
  • Ankur Rungta
  • Peter Cron
  • Steven Pearl
  • Bruce Berman

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