Collateral Beauty

Theatrical Release: December 16, 2016
Collateral Beauty


When a successful New York advertising executive suffers a great tragedy, he retreats from life. While his concerned friends try desperately to reconnect with him, he seeks answers from the universe by writing letters to Love, Time and Death. But it’s not until his notes bring unexpected personal responses that he begins to understand how these constants interlock in a life fully lived, and how even the deepest loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty

Dove Review

Howard is a prominent businessman and owns 60 percent of an advertising company. But he turns his back on both the company and his family after the loss of his 6-year-old daughter. Now he just spends his time playing dominoes, riding his bike and writing letters to “Love,” “Time” and “Death.”

When his co-executives have an opportunity to sell the company, Howard does not give his answer about the sale. So the group has to find a way to get him to sign the papers or show that he is mentally incompetent. Whit, the co-partner, along with Claire and Simon find a way by hiring three actors to play the roles of “Love,” “Time” and “Death.” In doing so, they also hire a private investigator to film the meetings between Howard and the actors. The film will be edited so the actors are not seen and it looks like Howard has lost all sense of reality.

This is a very sensitive movie about the loss of a child and the toll it takes on everyone around. It also demonstrates how important love is, how sometimes time can get away from individuals and how death scares most of us. Sometimes a loss can be looked at as “Collateral Beauty.” Although this is a very insightful film, unfortunately due to one use of the “F-word” we can not give our Dove approval.

Content Description

Sex: Woman looking at a sperm donor website; man asks woman for a kiss and woman tells him not to make it sexual; comments about a man who got a divorce because he had an affair and the fallout it caused.
Language: F-1; OG/OMG/MG-6; S-10; H-3; A-1.
Violence: Man on skateboard catching a ride behind a bike, the biker brakes, and the young man falls to ground; man smashes skateboard against wall.
Drugs: Man jokes about using money to buy designer drugs; man states he needs a drink; wine on table at a meal.
Nudity: Mild cleavage.
Other: Loss of a young child; man has cancer and is going to die; man turns his back on others around him; child is disrespectful to a parent; man refuses to deal with the loss of a child.


Company: Warner/New Line
Writer: Allan Loeb
Director: David Frankel
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 97 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe