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By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Powerful look at racism, but too intense for kids.

Movie R 2005 113 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 18+

Crash (2004) is a glaringly offensive and crass movie, watch Crash (1996) for a better, family freindly car crash movie

this movie was highly inappropriate for children, it includes many scenes where people of color (aka POCs) are shown on screen for lengthy periods of time. when my 5 year old, Binxey ,witnessed these scenes he started crying, throwing up and chewing on the carpet and I had to call the maids to clean it up. Binxey was so disturbed by the film that he started beating the family dog nearly to death with his little fists! We tried to pull him away, but he bit off one of the dog's ears, so I had to gently explain to him why this was not okay, and take his Ipad away during dinner. But it was clear that this was not the fault of our darling, well behaved intelligent child, but an effect of the corrupting influence of this disgusting, overly violent movie. In conclusion this movie is highly inappropriate and disgusting for it's shameless portrayal of these unfortunate elements of society, and it has the potential to corrupt the minds of innocent children like my dear Binxey. If you want a much better, much more family friendly and palatable movie about car crashes, I suggest you and your family watch Crash (1996) because it is much more appropriate for the minds of developing children than this disaster.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
1 person found this helpful.
age 15+

The message trumps the rest

I think the message this movie embodies is definitely one that is present in our country and one that is ideal for discussing with your children.

This title has:

Too much sex
Great messages
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (9 ):

Opening with the aftermath of a car wreck under investigation, this Best Picture Oscar-winner is sprawling and ambitious, episodic and contrived. It is plainly about loss, but the loss of what isn't immediately obvious. Each interaction seems a kind of collision. For example, Ryan's ailing father makes him anxious, and so he takes it out on Cameron and Christine, whom he finds having sex in their car. He's cruel, but they can't fight back: he's a cop. When Thomas suggests Ryan has crossed a line, the older cop defends himself by blaming the work: "Wait till you've been on the job a few more years. You think you know who you are; you have no idea."

Some violent encounters are actual crashes, minor and major, lending the movie a sort of stop-and-start rhythm. This structure is exacerbated by the awkward multi-culti casting. CRASH takes a "one-from-every-food-group" approach to race representation (including a mostly unseen Asian pedestrian hit by a car and dragged beneath). The movie seems geared toward those viewers who were surprised by the Rodney King video, that is, people who don't regularly deal with cultural collisions. For others, its machinations will grind.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: May 6, 2005
  • On DVD or streaming: September 6, 2005
  • Cast: Don Cheadle , Matt Dillon , Thandiwe Newton
  • Director: Paul Haggis
  • Inclusion Information: Black actors, Female actors
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 113 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: language, sexual content, some violence
  • Last updated: June 2, 2023

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