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‘Meet Joe Black,’ long-forgotten Brad Pitt drama, gets 2019 renaissance

It only took 21 years for everyone to appreciate this film.


Tiffany Kelly


Posted on Apr 12, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 3:00 pm CDT

Meet Joe Black was released in 1998 and stars Brad Pitt as both a pro-bono lawyer and the grim reaper. This week everyone tweeted about its bombastic death scene.

Confused? If you haven’t seen the film, Pitt is struck and killed by a car early on in the movie, and death takes over his body so he can experience what it’s like to be a human. It’s a modern remake of 1934’s Death Takes a Holiday. The film, which stars Claire Forlani as the love interest to Pitt’s dual characters, is heartfelt in a sappy kind of way. There are some genuinely good scenes—it also features Anthony Hopkins.

But the scene where Pitt’s lawyer character “dies” is absolutely ridiculous. The film decided to go with the “standing in the middle of a busy street for no reason” death trope. After meeting at a cafe, Pitt and Forlani’s characters keep looking back at different times. And you wonder why someone didn’t just exchange a business card or something. After about 100 look-backs, Pitt’s character is hit by an oncoming car, and then a taxi from the opposite side. It’s so over-the-top that it feels like a sketch.

Rose O’Shea shared a clip from the scene on Twitter yesterday with the caption, “This is the most bonkers one minute of a movie that I have ever seen.”

Her tweet has since been liked more than 80,000 times and quoted by thousands of users—many of whom did not know of the film’s existence until now.

“I have no idea what this movie is and I don’t want anyone to ever tell me,” comedian and actor Paul F. Tompkins said.

Other people are reminiscing on when they saw Meet Joe Black in theaters back in 1998.

Anyway, the consensus is that it’s a perfect clip.

This certainly isn’t the only wild scene from Meet Joe Black, though. Pitt also speaks Jamaican Patois to a woman at a hospital.

If you are now dying to watch the rest of Meet Joe Black, it’s currently streaming on Netflix.

Correction: Meet Joe Black is drama.


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*First Published: Apr 12, 2019, 10:16 am CDT