“Collateral Beauty” Podcast Movie Review

Edward Norton and Will Smith in Collateral Beauty

Collateral Beauty (2016; David Frankel) – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 13

“Shed your skin.”

Abstract concepts Daniel Barnes and Corky McDonnell struggle to find any beauty, collateral or otherwise, in David Frankel’s 2016 “catastro-fuck of the shittiest order.”  

Despite a cast that includes six former Oscar nominees (and two winners), including Will Smith, Edward Norton, Kate Winslet and Helen Mirren, Collateral Beauty is essentially a rich person’s Hallmark Hall of Fame movie.

Daniel and Corky cut through the treacle to discuss Domino rallies, skin shedding, Heaven experts and CSI: Cleveland, all while scheming to digitally remove themselves from the entire episode.


U.S. theatrical release date: December 16, 2016

Domestic box office: $31 million (production budget: $36 million)

Critics scores: 14 on Rotten Tomatoes; 23 on Metacritic

This week’s craft beer: Revision Brewing‘s Blonde NV (5.5% ABV)

This week’s Darer: Jesse Davis

Why did Jesse dare Daniel and Corky to watch Collateral Beauty? “Because I want the two of you to suffer for my entertainment.”

IMDB synopsis: “Retreating from life after a tragedy, a man questions the universe by writing to Love, Time and Death. Receiving unexpected answers, he begins to see how these things interlock and how even loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty.”

This week’s referenced movies: BrightRobocopManhattanThe Silence of the LambsQuicksilverBowfingerThe SnowmanAlohaThe Dark TowerBack to the FutureLord of the RingsSeven PoundsThe Pursuit of HappynessAfter EarthWild Wild WestMen in Black

Ratings for Collateral BeautyDaniel – Double Dare; Corky – Double Dare

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