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21 Grams Movie Review Summary

Actors: Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Benicio Del Toro

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Paul Rivers (Penn) is a math professor whose heart is failing and who needs a transplant. Christina Peck (Watts) is a suburban housewife (and recovering drug addict) who has a loving husband and two daughters. Jack Jordan (Del Toro) is an ex-con who has found Jesus and loves his wife and children too. But a tragic accident in which Jordan's large pickup kills Christina's husband and kids, after which the husband's heart is given to Paul brings these three very separate lives together. Paul looks up Christina, falls in love with her, and she asks him to kill Jack for revenge. The story is told in out-of-sequence fragments. Co-writer and director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, who made a considerable splash with his 2000 debut, "Amores Perros," presents an accomplished and extremely well acted, if a little too tricky and cool 2003 thriller. This was Penn's second superb performance of the year, after the vivid but less nuanced "Mystic River."
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Script Analysis of 21 Grams

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   2000's+ (present) Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Crime & Scandal    -   Yes Vigilante/Revenge?    -   Yes Coping with loss of loved one?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   teacher/professor Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American Unusual characteristics:    -   Physically sick

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southwest Desert?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   prison

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   actual description of sex    -   seeing breasts Any profanity?    -   Some foul language

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