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The ultimate LOVE/HATE film?


I can't think of a film that has more people split. It's either one of the best or one of the worst of the decade. Where do you side?

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I hated it, so over the top, couldn't believe it won best picture. Racism still exists in the USA, of course, however it is much more subtle than portrayed here.

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I liked it back when it came out.

Little did I know it was a portent of all the crappy SJW PC virtue signalling nonsense to come.
That has literally destroyed Hollywood imo.

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I loved it.

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I was forced to watch this in my Oral Communication class, and frankly, I thought it was crap. They should have called it "Racism in L.A." and be done with it. It's like, someone couldn't figure out which story he wanted to do about how terrible Los Angeles was, so he just created a weird, inter-connected anthology and splattered it on-screen. I almost felt no sympathy for anyone in the film, save for the locksmith. Everyone else was annoying, pathetic, or horrible.

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I hated it. The characters are one dimensional and are used to fit the melodramatic storylines. The beginning has potential, but it quickly becomes a terrible mess. It feels like a 14 year old wrote it.

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I didn't hate it, but saw it for what it was, which was a White Affluent self-described "liberal" filmmaker who wanted to talk about the racial divide in his society. The problem with this though is that he took generic broad brush strokes and even a handful of hamfisted stereotypes about Blacks and Latinos and jumbled them together to make them feel authentic but they weren't. Even the fake racial integration of Sesame Street does a better job of showing diversity than this movie tried to show with racial tensions. I also didn't like the parallel story-lines that culminate and crescendo into one unifying end. This was already done with a handful of better made movies in the 90s, so to me this screamed unoriginal at its core.

I still don't get why Hollywood, for all their efforts to try and be authentic when portraying ethnic people within their own city have to cast non-native actors who aren't even of the same ethnicity. It's like when I keep seeing Cliff Curtis cast as a Chicano from East L.A. or some no-name Black British actor playing someone from South Central. I can appreciate them as actors but it's like Hollywood is too divorced from their own backyard to seek out local talent (which DOES EXIST).

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