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A man (Anthony Hopkins) is visited by death (Brad Pitt). Death asks the man to show him the world so he can have a bit of the human experience. During his stay. Summary: Bill Parrish (Hopkins) has it all -- success, wealth, and power. Days before his 65th birthday he receives a visit from a mysterious stranger, Joe Black . Meet Joe Black () on IMDb: Plot summary, synopsis, and more.
Susan meets a vibrant young man at a coffee shop. He takes an interest in her and tells her that lightning may strike. She is enamored but parts without getting his name. Unbeknownst to her, the man is struck by multiple cars in a possibly fatal accident. Death arrives at Bill's home in the uninjured body of the young man, explaining that Bill's impassioned speech has piqued his interest.
Given Bill's "competence, experience, and wisdom", Death says that for as long as Bill will be his guide on Earth, Bill will not have to die. Making up a name on the spot, Death is introduced to the family as "Joe Black".
Bill's best efforts to navigate the next few days, knowing them now to be his last, fail to keep events from going rapidly out of his control. Drew is secretly conspiring with a man bidding for Parrish Communications.
Meet Joe Black Movie Review Summary
He capitalizes on Bill's strange behavior and unexplained reliance on Joe to convince the board of directors to vote Bill out as Chairman, using information given to him inadvertently by Bill's son-in-law, Quince, to push through approval for the merger which William had decided to oppose. So we now know that William has not done too bad for himself. Then we meet Susan, his other daughter, who is younger and more beautiful and also less superficial about parties.
They are on some helicopter going somewhere and William tells her that maybe she should ditch Drew. Drew is his business assistant who is also dating Susan. William tells her that she should wait until lightning strikes. Me and Jurate noticed over the course of the film that Susan is sort of abnormally close to her dad.
But then we decided that maybe they are so close because he is a widow and she has no mom so they only have each other. Oh, and Allison, but no one cares about her. There is a man talking on the phone very loudly. And he is at the height of his hotness. Here he is now verses then.
They chat about stuff and the sparks are just flying all over the place. And they talk about stuff, all of which I have forgotten. Then Brad turns around in the middle of the street and gets hit by a car.
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And then gets hit again by another car. When I told Wanyu I watched this movie, he said that getting hit twice by cars was just too much. Am I Going To Die? That is the question. Then its the family dinner night, so William, Allison, her husband, and Drew are all sitting at the dinner table.
Meet Joe Black () plot summary
Basically William is getting time in exchange for showing this autistic spirit around. So they go back to the dinner table and William has to introduce Death. But then, Susan comes to dinner. But death wants a holiday from his taxing, eternal responsibility of taking the souls of the dead to the after life. He chooses William to be his guide strikes a deal with Bill: Temporarily doubting his own sanity, he finally agrees.
He is introduced to William's family at a dinner at his house, when Susan arrives a few minutes late. She immediately recognizes the young man she met earlier that day, but the young man as Death is unfamiliar with the practices of mortal men and does not remember their original meeting.
He acts awkwardly around her and she is confused and upset by his sudden odd behavior, very unlike his actions earlier that day. When the dinner guests ask Bill for the name of his "old friend", Bill hesitatingly introduces him as "Joe Black". The family is puzzled by the sudden appearance of an old friend of their father's that they have never met. Joe insists that Bill allow him to accompany him everyplace he goes, and Bill reluctantly agrees.
Bill knows that these are his last days on earth, but despite his best efforts, he fails to keep events from rapidly spiraling out of control. A merger has been proposed to the Board of Bill's company, and Drew actively supports the transaction, but Bill as Chairman vetoes the proposal. Drew is very antagonistic towards this sudden, new "old friend" of Bill's, and is disrespectful and rude towards him.
Susan grows disaffected of her relationship with Drew, beginning to see him for who he really is, and is somewhat enamored of the diffident, seductive, mysterious Joe Black. They have sex and she tells Joe that she loves him. Joe enjoys the experiences of his flesh, of human feelings and desires, and is in love with her as well. This complicates matters, as Bill doesn't want Death to become involved with his daughter, and tells Joe that their deal didn't include this.
Death has little care for Will's feelings and declares his intention to take Susan with him for his own. As his last birthday arrives, Bill makes a last attempt to demonstrate to Joe the meaning of true love and all it encompasses, especially honesty and sacrifice.