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Meet Joe Black

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Disappointing '90s romantic fantasy has language, sex.

Movie PG-13 1998 180 minutes
Meet Joe Black movie poster: Brad Pitt shows affection to a woman

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A gimmicky premise is made even worse by iffy acting, hilariously bad dialogue, and a slow pace. Not even the acting chops of Anthony Hopkins can rescue Meet Joe Black, a movie that lumbers along back and forth between some sort of romantic dramedy and reflections on Life and Death and What Does It All Mean, Anyway?

Brad Pitt's performance is a real head-scratcher. Why is Death such a spaced-out, wide-eyed goof who develops a fondness for peanut butter? And there were many layers of bad decisions that led to Pitt engaging in a cringe-y "Irie, mon" accent when Death meets a dying elderly Jamaican woman in the hospital where his love interest works. It's three hours long, at least one hour too long for this kind of schlock.

Movie Details

  • On DVD or streaming: December 20, 1998
  • Cast: Brad Pitt , Anthony Hopkins , Claire Forlani
  • Director: Martin Brest
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Universal
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 180 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: Accident scene, some sexuality and brief strong language.
  • Last updated: December 21, 2023

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