is a drama film produced in the United States that premiered at the Toronto International Festival on September 10, 2004.
The film’s main theme is racial and ethnic stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination—all of which are still present in modern American society.
The film has received generally positive reviews and was a box office success.
It was nominated for six Academy awards in 2006 and won three of them: for best picture, best editing, and best original screenplay.
Everyday is a learning experience, which therefore we are not the same person as we are the day before.
The major characters that changed their perception and identity were Sandra Bullock, Ludacris, and Matt Dillon.
There is the story of a Persian immigrant, who struggles to protect his small shop from burglars; an African-American Hollywood director and his wife, who have to put up with sexual harassment by a racist policeman; a district attorney and his wife, who are carjacked by two African-American teenagers; a poor Hispanic locksmith, who lives in an unsafe neighborhood and returns home to find his small daughter hiding under the bed because of the gunshots outside, as well as some other interrelated stories.
The plot of the film is rather unusual since it revolves around various characters that seem to be unrelated to each other in any way.
By the end of the film, it is hard to classify any character as explicitly bad, even though there has been a lot of racism and anger expressed by some of the characters.
The reason for that is because the storyline puts the characters in the kind of situations where they have to decide whether they dare to trust their intuition, in spite of some stereotypes and fears they consciously or unconsciously have, and risk their lives believing in the innate goodness of people.