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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The main positive message is to stand up and defend yourself when people are mistreating you.
Positive Role Models
Peter initially feels his life is over, but advice from a radio host convinces him to stand up for himself in the face of his wife's affair. By being assertive, he gains a new lease on life and, potentially, his relationship.
Core cast includes two Black women characters (Kat Graham and Aisha Dee) who reflect vastly different experiences. One has a traumatic past caused by South African apartheid, while the other has fallen into a windfall of cocaine and hopes to make a quick profit from it. But Dee's character, who doesn't seem cut out for a life of drug dealing, is unsure about the plan. While both have extremes that affect their storylines -- with Graham's character even considering murder and suicide -- the actresses are able to show range and aren't treated as part of a monolith. But cast is mostly White men, one of whom talks with a "blaccent" and has a criminal record, which has the impact of loosely associating Blackness with criminality.
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Violence & Scariness
Scenes involving attempted suicide. Scenes with guns and shooting. A subplot includes attempted murder and attempted suicide. A character dies from gunfire; another dies from an explosion (a bomb strapped to a chair). Various characters are injured from the explosion. Discussions of murder and manslaughter.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A character listens to an audio recording of his wife having an affair, including sexual moaning and other sexual content.
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Language includes "f--k," "f---ing," "hell," "bulls--t," "motherf----r," and ableist language including "retard." Exclamatory use of "God."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Scenes with drinking; discussions of alcoholism and other substance abuse. A storyline involves trafficking a pound or more of cocaine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Collide is a mature drama/thriller about three different couples whose lives become intertwined during a fateful night at a restaurant. The film includes strong language ("f--k," "bulls--t," etc.), sexual content (moaning and other sounds), drinking, and drug trafficking (cocaine). There's also quite a bit of violence, including guns, shooting, attempted suicide, attempted murder, and deaths, both by gunfire and explosion. The movie also addresses the traumatic impact of apartheid in South Africa. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This thriller does a great job of engrossing viewers in the various levels of drama inherent in each couple's storyline. That said, some of Collide's elements are a little on the nose -- for instance, the restaurant where the characters collide is literally called Collide, and an advertisement for a cologne named Rage literally explains Peter's (Gaffigan) feelings toward his wife and his life in general. And flipping between the three storylines can feel a tad chaotic at times.
Plus, if you think about the story a little too long, it starts to unravel. How does someone tape a bomb to a restaurant chair without anyone noticing? How does someone bring a pound or so of cocaine into a restaurant's freezer without rousing suspicion? But if you overlook those elements, the film does have meaningful performances, particularly by Graham, who plays a woman permanently scarred by apartheid, and Ryan Phillippe, who plays a man who benefited from apartheid's violence. Overall, Collide is a cool, if imperfect, experiment in storytelling.
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