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''Collateral Beauty'' is a 2016 film about a man who, after losing his young daughter, writes grief-stricken letters to Death, Love and Time, only to be surprised when they show up to answer the letters in person.

Howard Inlet (Creator/WillSmith) is a successful advertising executive who lost his six-year-old daughter to a rare form of cancer. Two-and-a-half years after her death, Howard is still completely disconnected from his life and business, and the firm is on the brink of bankruptcy because it has lost his clients. Howard's partner Whit (Creator/EdwardNorton) has come up with a buyer for the company, but Howard refuses to discuss anything with him, spending all his time in the office building elaborate domino displays. Whit enlists employees Claire (Creator/KateWinslet) and Simon (Creator/MichaelPena) in an attempt to save the sale by hiring a trio of actors -- Brigitte (Creator/HelenMirren), Amy (Creator/KeiraKnightley) and Raffi (Jacob Latimore) -- to portray the concepts of Death, Love, and Time to speak to Howard and help him come out of his depression. However, secrets are revealed and nothing is as it seems...

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''Collateral Beauty'' is a 2016 film about a man who, after losing his young daughter, writes grief-stricken letters to Death, Love Love, and Time, only to be surprised when they show up to answer the letters in person.

Howard Inlet (Creator/WillSmith) is a successful advertising executive who lost his six-year-old daughter to a rare form of cancer. Two-and-a-half years after her death, Howard is still completely disconnected from his life and business, and the firm is on the brink of bankruptcy because it has lost his clients. Howard's partner Whit (Creator/EdwardNorton) has come up with a buyer for the company, but Howard refuses to discuss anything with him, spending all his time in the office building elaborate domino displays. Whit enlists employees Claire (Creator/KateWinslet) and Simon (Creator/MichaelPena) in an attempt to save the sale by hiring a trio of actors -- Brigitte (Creator/HelenMirren), Amy (Creator/KeiraKnightley) (Creator/KeiraKnightley), and Raffi (Jacob Latimore) -- to portray the concepts of Death, Love, and Time to speak to Howard and help him come out of his depression. However, secrets are revealed and nothing is as it seems...



* ChekhovsGunman: Madeleine, the therapist at the support group Howard visits, who attempts to help him deal with his depression. [[spoiler:The ending reveals that she's actually Howard's ex-wife, who is following his request of acting as if they are strangers]].
* DrivenToSuicide: At one point Howard rides his bike directly into traffic, clearly almost hoping one of the oncoming cars will hit him.
* EverybodyKnewAlready: Simon's attempts to hide his illness were not as successful as he thought. [[spoiler: When he finally tells his wife he is dying, she tells him she already knew. Even the totally-disconnected-from-life Howard tells him that he knew that Simon was dying, and he promises to help his family]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Madeleine tells Howard early on that she lost her daughter as well when he starts visiting the support group. [[spoiler:The end of the film reveals that Madeleine is Howard's ex-wife, the child she was lost was theirs, and that they've been separated for years in order to process their grief]].
* {{Gaslighting}}: Three people are hired to act as Death, Time, and Love. The twist is that Howard clearly ''isn't'' coping with his grief before the gaslighting begins. His co-workers are only trying to "document" how bad he is already. [[spoiler:Then in TheUntwist, the ending reveals that the actors really were Death, Love, and Time, and were helping Howard's co-workers through their own issues as well]].

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* ChekhovsGunman: Madeleine, the therapist at the support group Howard visits, who attempts to help him deal with his depression. [[spoiler:The ending reveals that she's actually Howard's ex-wife, who is following his request of acting as if they are strangers]].
strangers.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: At one point point, Howard rides his bike directly into traffic, clearly almost hoping one of the oncoming cars will hit him.
* EverybodyKnewAlready: Simon's attempts to hide his illness were not as successful as he thought. [[spoiler: When [[spoiler:When he finally tells his wife he is dying, she tells him she already knew. Even the totally-disconnected-from-life Howard tells him that he knew that Simon was dying, and he promises to help his family]]
family.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Madeleine tells Howard early on that she lost her daughter as well when he starts visiting the support group. [[spoiler:The end of the film reveals that Madeleine is Howard's ex-wife, the child she was lost was theirs, and that they've been separated for years in order to process their grief]].
grief.]]
* {{Gaslighting}}: Three people are hired to act as Death, Time, and Love. The twist is that Howard clearly ''isn't'' coping with his grief before the gaslighting begins. His co-workers are only trying to "document" how bad he is already. [[spoiler:Then in TheUntwist, the ending reveals that the actors really were Death, Love, and Time, and were helping Howard's co-workers through their own issues as well]].well.]]



* HeelRealization: When finally confronted directly, Howard readily admits that his inability to cope with his grief has destroyed his company and forced the sale. [[spoiler: He immediately forgives his co-workers for hiring the private investigator to follow him and reassures them that selling the firm is the right thing to do.]]

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* HeelRealization: When finally confronted directly, Howard readily admits that his inability to cope with his grief has destroyed his company and forced the sale. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He immediately forgives his co-workers for hiring the private investigator to follow him and reassures them that selling the firm is the right thing to do.]]


** The letters written to Love, Time and Death confuse the Howard's friends. It takes some interaction with the actors to decide what Howard meant by them.

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** The letters written to Love, Time and Death confuse the Howard's friends. It takes some interaction with the actors to decide what Howard meant by them.

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* IncurableCoughOfDeath: Simon has a really bad coughing fit. When Brigitte asks him if he's okay, he coughs out "No." From this Brigitte is able to figure out that Simon is seriously ill, despite his attempts to hide it.


The film was subject to a marketing campaign that [[NeverTrustATrailer depicted the film]] as a spiritual drama, while the final product tells the audience clearly from the get-go that the concepts are actually actors who were hired by Howard's friends in an attempt to get him the help he needs. [[TheEndOrIsIt Or is that what's really going on?]]

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The film was subject to a marketing campaign that [[NeverTrustATrailer depicted the film]] as a spiritual drama, while the final product tells the audience clearly from the get-go that the concepts are actually actors who were hired by Howard's friends in an attempt to get him the help he needs. [[TheEndOrIsIt [[RealAfterAll Or is that what's really going on?]]


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* RealAfterAll: Even though they're just actors, Death, Love, and Time manage to help Howard's co-workers with their death, love, and time-related problems. [[spoiler: And the ending shows that the "actors" are really supernatural in nature.]]

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* HeroicBSOD:
** The central plot is basically Howard trying to recover form the grief caused by the death of his daughter.
** Madeline also makes it clear she had a shutdown, but she has since recovered and is running a therapy group to help others recover.
* TheInsomniac: Howard says that he gets about 4 hours of sleep ''a week''. He knows this is a problem but can't seem to do anything about it.


''Collateral Beauty'' is a 2016 film about a man who, after losing his young daughter, writes grief-stricken letters to Death, Love and Time, only to be surprised when they show up to answer him back.

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''Collateral Beauty'' is a 2016 film about a man who, after losing his young daughter, writes grief-stricken letters to Death, Love and Time, only to be surprised when they show up to answer him back.
the letters in person.


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* EverybodyKnewAlready: Simon's attempts to hide his illness were not as successful as he thought. [[spoiler: When he finally tells his wife he is dying, she tells him she already knew. Even the totally-disconnected-from-life Howard tells him that he knew that Simon was dying, and he promises to help his family]]


* {{Gaslighting}}: Three people are hired to act like the concepts written to. The twist is that Howard clearly ''isn't'' coping with his grief before the gaslighting begins. [[spoiler:Then in TheUntwist, the ending reveals that the actors really were Death, Love, and Time, and were helping Howard's co-workers through their own issues]].

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* {{Gaslighting}}: Three people are hired to act like the concepts written to.as Death, Time, and Love. The twist is that Howard clearly ''isn't'' coping with his grief before the gaslighting begins. His co-workers are only trying to "document" how bad he is already. [[spoiler:Then in TheUntwist, the ending reveals that the actors really were Death, Love, and Time, and were helping Howard's co-workers through their own issues]].issues as well]].
** It's {{Lampshaded}} by Brigette, who is then disgusted when no one else knows what "Gaslighting" means.


* {{Gaslighting}}: Three people are hired to act like the concepts written to. The twist is that Howard clearly ''isn't'' coping with his grief before the gaslighting begins. [[spoiler:Then in an {{Untwist}}, the ending reveals that the actors really were Death, Love, and Time, and were helping Howard's co-workers through their own issues]].

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* {{Gaslighting}}: Three people are hired to act like the concepts written to. The twist is that Howard clearly ''isn't'' coping with his grief before the gaslighting begins. [[spoiler:Then in an {{Untwist}}, TheUntwist, the ending reveals that the actors really were Death, Love, and Time, and were helping Howard's co-workers through their own issues]].


''Collateral Beauty'' is a 2016 film about a man who, after losing his young daughter, writes grief-stricken letters to Death, Love and Time, only to be surprised when they answer him back.

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''Collateral Beauty'' is a 2016 film about a man who, after losing his young daughter, writes grief-stricken letters to Death, Love and Time, only to be surprised when they show up to answer him back.


* DrivenToSuicide: At one point Howard rides his bike directly into traffic, clearly almost hoping one of the cards will hit him.

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* DrivenToSuicide: At one point Howard rides his bike directly into traffic, clearly almost hoping one of the cards oncoming cars will hit him.

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* DrivenToSuicide: At one point Howard rides his bike directly into traffic, clearly almost hoping one of the cards will hit him.

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* AnthropomorphicPersonification: The three actors are hired to play the personifications of Death, Time, and Love to help Howard through his grief. [[spoiler:The ending reveals that they really were Death, Time, and Love, and were only pretending to be actors for the benefit of Howard's co-workers.]]


''Collateral Beauty'' is a 2016 film about a man who questions the universe after losing his daughter and ends up writing grief-stricken letters to Death, Love and Time, only to be surprised when they seemingly appear and talk to him.

Howard Inlet (Creator/WillSmith) is a successful advertising executive who loses his daughter in an accident and becomes distraught and remorseful. Three years after the incident, Howard's co-workers Whit (Creator/EdwardNorton), Claire (Creator/KateWinslet) and Simon (Creator/MichaelPena) discover that Howard's depression has caused him to begin losing clients and severing relationships. In an attempt to save their firm and their jobs, the trio hires a group of actors -- Brigitte (Creator/HelenMirren), Amy (Creator/KeiraKnightley) and Raffi (Jacob Latimore) -- to portray the concepts of Death, Love and Time, in an attempt to bring him out of his depression. However, secrets are revealed and nothing is as it seems...

The film was subject to a marketing campaign that [[NeverTrustATrailer deliberately misrepresented the film]] as a spiritual drama, while the final product tells the audience clearly from the get-go that the concepts are actually actors who were hired by Howard's friends in an attempt to get him the help he needs. [[TheEndOrIsIt That's not the only twist.]]

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''Collateral Beauty'' is a 2016 film about a man who questions the universe who, after losing his daughter and ends up writing young daughter, writes grief-stricken letters to Death, Love and Time, only to be surprised when they seemingly appear and talk to him.

answer him back.

Howard Inlet (Creator/WillSmith) is a successful advertising executive who loses lost his six-year-old daughter in an accident and becomes distraught and remorseful. Three to a rare form of cancer. Two-and-a-half years after her death, Howard is still completely disconnected from his life and business, and the incident, firm is on the brink of bankruptcy because it has lost his clients. Howard's co-workers partner Whit (Creator/EdwardNorton), (Creator/EdwardNorton) has come up with a buyer for the company, but Howard refuses to discuss anything with him, spending all his time in the office building elaborate domino displays. Whit enlists employees Claire (Creator/KateWinslet) and Simon (Creator/MichaelPena) discover that Howard's depression has caused him to begin losing clients and severing relationships. In in an attempt to save their firm and their jobs, the sale by hiring a trio hires a group of actors -- Brigitte (Creator/HelenMirren), Amy (Creator/KeiraKnightley) and Raffi (Jacob Latimore) -- to portray the concepts of Death, Love Love, and Time, in an attempt Time to bring speak to Howard and help him come out of his depression. However, secrets are revealed and nothing is as it seems...

The film was subject to a marketing campaign that [[NeverTrustATrailer deliberately misrepresented depicted the film]] as a spiritual drama, while the final product tells the audience clearly from the get-go that the concepts are actually actors who were hired by Howard's friends in an attempt to get him the help he needs. [[TheEndOrIsIt That's not the only twist.]]
Or is that what's really going on?]]



* AdultFear: Howard is a deeply broken man after losing his child three years earlier, and finds himself drifting away from his job and co-workers.
* ChekhovsGunman: Madeleine, the therapist at the support group Howard visits, who attempts to help him deal with his depression. [[spoiler:The ending reveals that she's actually Howard's ex-wife, who was used as part of the plot by the three concepts to help them both work through their depression]].
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Madeleine tells Howard early on that she lost her daughter as well when he starts visiting the support group. [[spoiler:The end of the film reveals that Madeleine is Howard's ex-wife, the child she was lost was theirs, and that they've been separated for three years in order to process their grief]].
* {{Gaslighting}}: Three people are hired to act like the concepts written to. [[spoiler:The ending reveals that Death, Love and Time were gaslighting Howard's co-workers in an attempt to help them get through their own issues]].
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Whit, Claire and Simon seemingly get off scot-free for attempting to frame Howard and get him fired by the ad firm. The worst punishment they get is the three concepts teaching them to get over their own personal flaws, at the cost of $20,000 each]].
* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler:Howard's co-workers attempt to get him fired from the firm by hiring a private investigator (to digitally alter footage) and three actors to portray Love, Time and Death so they make him look like he's lost his mind. The ending reveals that Love, Time and Death are real and have helped said co-workers with their ''own'' personal problems, at the cost of $20,000 dollars each]].
* MaybeEverAfter: [[spoiler:Implied with Howard and Madeleine (former husband and wife) at the end of the film]].

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* AdultFear: Howard is a deeply broken man after losing his child three years earlier, child, and finds himself drifting away from his job and co-workers.
co-workers, and clearly contemplating suicide.
* ChekhovsGunman: Madeleine, the therapist at the support group Howard visits, who attempts to help him deal with his depression. [[spoiler:The ending reveals that she's actually Howard's ex-wife, who was used is following his request of acting as part of the plot by the three concepts to help them both work through their depression]].
if they are strangers]].
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Madeleine tells Howard early on that she lost her daughter as well when he starts visiting the support group. [[spoiler:The end of the film reveals that Madeleine is Howard's ex-wife, the child she was lost was theirs, and that they've been separated for three years in order to process their grief]].
* {{Gaslighting}}: Three people are hired to act like the concepts written to. [[spoiler:The The twist is that Howard clearly ''isn't'' coping with his grief before the gaslighting begins. [[spoiler:Then in an {{Untwist}}, the ending reveals that the actors really were Death, Love Love, and Time Time, and were gaslighting helping Howard's co-workers in an attempt to help them get through their own issues]].
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Whit, Claire and Simon seemingly get off scot-free for attempting to frame HeelRealization: When finally confronted directly, Howard readily admits that his inability to cope with his grief has destroyed his company and get him fired by forced the ad firm. The worst punishment they get is the three concepts teaching them to get over their own personal flaws, at the cost of $20,000 each]].
* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler:Howard's
sale. [[spoiler: He immediately forgives his co-workers attempt to get him fired from the firm by for hiring a the private investigator (to digitally alter footage) to follow him and three actors reassures them that selling the firm is the right thing to portray do.]]
* LaserGuidedKarma: Of a sort, Howard's co-workers really do want to help him, despite their somewhat questionable method, [[spoiler:but
Love, Time and Death so they make him look like he's lost his mind. The ending reveals that Love, Time and Death are real and have helped said co-workers with end up helping each of them through their ''own'' personal problems, at the cost of $20,000 dollars each]].
own issues as well]].
* MaybeEverAfter: [[spoiler:Implied with Howard [[spoiler:Howard and Madeleine (former husband and wife) are walking hand-in-hand through central park at the end of the film]].



** The letters written to Love, Time and Death are incredibly strange, and understandably confuse the main character's friends.
** The ending. [[spoiler:Death, Love and Time are actually concepts, not actors as they originally claimed. They set up a years-long XanatosGambit to not only help Howard and his ex-wife (via teaching her the concept of "collateral beauty" and having her separate from him so they could reconnect and rekindle their love without the baggage of their lost child), but the purpose of their appearance was to help Howard's co-workers instead]].
* NeverTrustATrailer: The trailers hide the fact that Love, Time and Death are actually actors being paid to mess with Howard. This is set-up in the first twenty minutes of the film. [[spoiler:The ending shows that this is not the case, as they actually ''are'' concepts who are helping Howard's co-workers as much as they're helping Howard himself]].

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** The letters written to Love, Time and Death are incredibly strange, and understandably confuse the main character's friends.
Howard's friends. It takes some interaction with the actors to decide what Howard meant by them.
** The ending. [[spoiler:Death, [[spoiler:The actors playing Death, Love and Time apparently really are actually concepts, not actors as Death, Love, and Time, and they originally claimed. They set up a years-long XanatosGambit to not only help Howard and his ex-wife (via teaching her the concept of "collateral beauty" and having her separate from him so they could reconnect and rekindle their love without the baggage of their lost child), but the purpose of their appearance was to help were helping Howard's co-workers instead]].
as much as they were helping him.]]
* NeverTrustATrailer: The trailers hide the fact that treats Love, Time and Death as the real deal, while the film makes it clear they are actually actors being paid to mess with Howard. This is set-up in [[spoiler:However the first twenty minutes of the film. [[spoiler:The ending shows that this is not the case, as they actually ''are'' concepts who trailer was accurate: Death, Time and Love really are helping supernatural figures, just pretending to be actors in order to help Howard's co-workers as much as they're helping Howard himself]].well.]]



** [[spoiler:Death, Time and Love actually are who they say they are, and they've been running a years-long XanatosGambit in order to help Howard and his ex-wife Madeleine (the therapist at the support group) work through their grief after losing their child]].
** Additionally, [[spoiler:the purpose of their appearance was not just to help Howard, but also his ''co-workers'', as they teach Whit, Claire and Simon to work through their own personal issues (at the expense of $20,000 each)]].
* SanitySlippage: Whit, Claire and Simon's plan involves this, as they intend to have an investigator film Howard as he talks to "Death, Love and Time" in order to digitally remove the latter actors from the footage and make it seem like Howard is going crazy.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: The ending. [[spoiler: Death, Love and Time are not testing Howard, but his ''co-workers'' instead, and try to teach them a valuable lesson about each of their flaws. Love convinces Whit to reconcile with his daughter, Time convinces Claire that she's not too old to have children, and Death tells Simon that he has to reveal his illness to his friends and family]].

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** [[spoiler:Death, Time and Love actually are [[spoiler:The reveal that the woman who they say they are, and they've been running a years-long XanatosGambit in order to help Howard and his ex-wife Madeleine (the therapist helped Madeline at the support group) work through their grief after losing their child]].
hospital was Brigette, aka Death.]]
** Additionally, [[spoiler:the purpose of their appearance was not just to help Howard, but also his ''co-workers'', as when Howard sees the three actors standing on a bridge at the end, [[spoiler: it's clear that Madeline can't see them - indicating they teach Whit, Claire and Simon to work through their own personal issues (at the expense of $20,000 each)]].
really are supernatural in nature]].
* SanitySlippage: Whit, Claire and Simon's plan involves this, as they intend to have having an investigator film Howard as he talks to "Death, Love and Time" in order to Time", digitally remove removing the latter actors from the footage footage, and make thereby making it seem like Howard is going crazy.
crazy. The twist is that Howard really is having real trouble coping with his grief.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: The ending. [[spoiler: Death, Love and Time are not testing just helping Howard, but his ''co-workers'' instead, as well, and try to teach them a valuable lesson about each of their flaws. Love convinces Whit to reconcile with his daughter, Time convinces Claire that she's not too old to have children, and Death tells Simon that he has to reveal his illness to his friends and family]].



* TrailersAlwaysLie: The trailers attempt to sell the film as a spiritual drama, where Howard receives counselling and therapy from the three embodiments of Death, Love and Time. The film itself jettisons this right from the get-go, as the first few minutes of the film reveal that Howard's co-workers deliberately hire actors to pose as Death, Love and Time so that they can [[{{Gaslighting}} get investigative footage of him talking to them, digitally remove the actors and convince the board of the company to fire him]] due to SanitySlippage. [[spoiler:The ending reveals that this is actually incorrect, as Death, Love and Time really ''are'' concepts, and the purpose of the plot was not just to help Howard and his ex-wife, but also to help Howard's partners get through their personal issues. So in the end its a bizarre aversion]].
* WalkingSpoiler: The three concepts that seemingly visit Howard are actually actors pretending to be them. Not only was this [[NeverTrustATrailer deliberately]] [[CommercialSwitcheroo misrepresented]] in the film's trailers (Howard takes them at their word that they're actually spirits[=/=]concepts), but the trailers give no indication that Howard's co-workers are doing this in an attempt to sabotage his career and make the board of the advertising firm think [[SanitySlippage he's lost his mind]]. [[spoiler:The ending reveals that they actually ''are'' Death, Love and Time, who help Howard defraud his co-workers]].
* WithFriendsLikeThese: Howard's co-workers hire a private investigator and a group of actors in a deliberate bid to get him fired from the firm he works for, via having him secretly filmed having conversations with "Death, Love and Time" and then deliberately removing the actors from the film, thus making him look like [[SanitySlippage he's lost his mind]]. [[spoiler:The ending reveals that Howard and Madeleine [[XanatosGambit were doing the exact same thing]] to his co-workers, and gaslight them out of the money they paid to the three actors]].
* XanatosGambit: ''Hoo boy''. [[spoiler:Death, Love and Time are actually concepts and not actors, and they deliberately set the events of the film into motion years earlier. Death implanted the phrase "collateral beauty" into Madeleine's mind as she grieved over her and Howard's lost child, which led her to instigate the method of staying separated from him for three years as they worked to process their grief. They in turn [[{{Gaslighting}} gaslit]] the three partners into giving them $60,000 total, and helped them work out their own personal issues]].
* YourCheatingHeart: Whit is shown to be cheating on his wife with someone else.

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* TrailersAlwaysLie: The trailers attempt to sell the film as a spiritual drama, where Howard receives counselling and therapy from the three embodiments of Death, Love and Time. The film itself jettisons this right from the get-go, as the first few minutes of the film reveal that Howard's co-workers deliberately hire actors to pose as Death, Love and Time so that they can [[{{Gaslighting}} get investigative footage of him talking to them, digitally remove the actors and convince the board of the company to fire him]] due to SanitySlippage. [[spoiler:The ending reveals that this is actually incorrect, as Death, Love and Time really ''are'' concepts, and the purpose of the plot was not just to help Howard and his ex-wife, but also to help Howard's partners get through their personal issues. So in the end its a bizarre aversion]].
* WalkingSpoiler: The three concepts that seemingly visit Howard are actually actors pretending to be them. Not only was this [[NeverTrustATrailer deliberately]] [[CommercialSwitcheroo misrepresented]] in the film's trailers (Howard takes them at their word that they're actually spirits[=/=]concepts), but the trailers give no indication that Howard's co-workers are doing this in an attempt to sabotage his career and make the board of the advertising firm think [[SanitySlippage he's lost his mind]]. [[spoiler:The ending reveals that they actually ''are'' Death, Love and Time, who help Howard defraud his co-workers]].
* WithFriendsLikeThese: Howard's co-workers hire a private investigator and a group of actors in a deliberate bid attempt to get him fired from the firm he works for, via having him secretly filmed having conversations with "Death, Love and Time" and then deliberately removing the actors from the film, thus making him look like show that [[SanitySlippage he's lost his mind]]. [[spoiler:The ending reveals that mind]]. They ''do'' sincerely want to help him, and they haven't been able to find ''any'' other way to get him to engage so the sale can go forward, but it's still pretty morally questionable. [[spoiler:When Howard and Madeleine [[XanatosGambit were doing the exact same thing]] to his co-workers, and gaslight them out of the money they paid to the three actors]].
finds what they've done he freely forgives them.]]
* XanatosGambit: ''Hoo boy''. [[spoiler:Death, Love and Time really are actually concepts and not actors, and who they deliberately set the events of the film into motion years earlier. Death implanted the phrase "collateral beauty" into Madeleine's mind as she grieved over her say they are, and were just pretending to be actors in order to help Howard's lost child, which led her to instigate the method of staying separated from him for three years co-workers as they worked to process their grief. They in turn [[{{Gaslighting}} gaslit]] the three partners into giving them $60,000 total, and helped them work out their own personal issues]].
well.]]
* YourCheatingHeart: Whit is shown to be cheating Whit's problems with his daughter are because he cheated on his wife with someone else.wife. To his credit, Whit fully acknowledges this was all his fault.


* MetaTwist: A quite bizarre case, as the twist is that [[spoiler:the movie is exactly what the trailers told you it would be, rather than a case of NeverTrustATrailer]].

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* MetaTwist: A quite bizarre case, as the twist is that [[spoiler:the movie is exactly what the trailers told you it would be, rather than a case of NeverTrustATrailer]]."Never Trust A Trailer."]]


* CommercialSwitcheroo: The trailers attempt to sell the film as a spiritual drama, where Howard receives counselling and therapy from the three embodiments of Death, Love and Time. The film itself jettisons this right from the get-go, as the first few minutes of the film reveal that Howard's co-workers deliberately hire actors to pose as Death, Love and Time so that they can [[{{Gaslighting}} get investigative footage of him talking to them, digitally remove the actors and convince the board of the company to fire him]] due to SanitySlippage. [[spoiler:The ending reveals that this is actually incorrect, as Death, Love and Time really ''are'' concepts, and the purpose of the plot was not just to help Howard and his ex-wife, but also to help Howard's partners get through their personal issues]].


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* TrailersAlwaysLie: The trailers attempt to sell the film as a spiritual drama, where Howard receives counselling and therapy from the three embodiments of Death, Love and Time. The film itself jettisons this right from the get-go, as the first few minutes of the film reveal that Howard's co-workers deliberately hire actors to pose as Death, Love and Time so that they can [[{{Gaslighting}} get investigative footage of him talking to them, digitally remove the actors and convince the board of the company to fire him]] due to SanitySlippage. [[spoiler:The ending reveals that this is actually incorrect, as Death, Love and Time really ''are'' concepts, and the purpose of the plot was not just to help Howard and his ex-wife, but also to help Howard's partners get through their personal issues. So in the end its a bizarre aversion]].

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