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Brief Synopsis: "A handful of disparate people's lives intertwine as they deal with the tense race relations. Among the players are: the Caucasian district attorney, who uses race as a political card; his Caucasian wife, who, having recently been carjacked by two black men, believes that her stereotypical views of non-whites is justified and cannot be considered racism; the two black carjackers who use their race both to their advantage and as an excuse; partnered Caucasian police constables, one who is a racist and uses his authority to harass non-whites, and the other who hates his partner because of those racist views, but who may have the same underlying values in his subconscious; a black film director and his black wife, who believes her husband doesn't support their black background enough."

Overall Ranking: 1958 (Rank from 2004: # 41)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 17.65%
Regular 47.06%
Half-Popped 17.65%
Stale 11.76%
Burnt 5.88%


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Reviewer Rating Review
David Baruffi97
Jim Carrier90
Sir M Hayes XIV90
Dan O'Neill80(full review)
Bryan Lienesch80 - A tough, raw story about the gaps in social statuses, racism, and the fears we admit to no one.
J Patterson80
Andrew Buckle of The Film Emporium80(full review)
Nick Ledgerwood70
Ryan from Ten Stars Or Less70(full review)
Gorgon Reviews65.6
CinemaVisitor Erik65
Jay of Life Vs Film60(full review)
Rob from GuysFilmQuest44 - Too contrived, and although the story is interestingly complex, the dialogue is sub-par and the characters are way too stereotypical. Huge disappointment.
(full review)
Khalid Rafi39(full review)
Annwyn S30
Lisa Marie Bowman25(full review)

People Involved

  • Sandra Bullock (Jean Cabot)
  • Don Cheadle (Det. Graham Waters)
  • Matt Dillon (Officer John Ryan)
  • Karina Arroyave (Elizabeth)
  • Dato Bakhtadze (Lucien)
  • Michael Peña (Daniel)
  • Loretta Devine (Shaniqua Johnson)
  • Jennifer Esposito (Ria)
  • Brendan Fraser (Rick Cabot)
  • Nona Gaye (Karen)
  • Ken Garito (Bruce)
  • Terrence Howard (Cameron Thayer)
  • Ludacris (Anthony)
  • Thandie Newton (Christine Thayer)
  • Yomi Perry (Maria)
  • Ashlyn Sanchez (Lara)
  • Marina Sirtis (Shereen)
  • Larenz Tate (Peter Waters)
  • Beverly Todd (Grahams Mother)
  • Shaun Toub (Farhad)
  • Kathleen York (Officer Johnson)
  • Alastair Douglas (Young Peter)
  • Nicholas George Stark (Jamal)
  • Art Chudabala (Ken Ho)
  • Sean Cory (Motorcycle Cop)
  • Tony Danza (Fred)
  • Keith David (Lt. Dixon)
  • Ime Etuk (Georgie)
  • Eddie J. Fernandez (Officer Gomez)
  • William Fichtner (Flanagan)
  • Howard Fong (Store Owner)
  • Billy Gallo (Officer Hill)
  • Glenn Taranto (Country DJ)
  • Daniel Dae Kim (Park)
  • Ryan Phillippe (Officer Tom Hansen)
  • Paul Haggis (Director)