Miscalculated 'Collateral Beauty' wastes a heartfelt performance from Will Smith

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Updated 8:27 a.m. today Helen Mirren as Brigitte and Michael Pena as Simon in "Collateral Beauty." (Deseret Photo) Helen Mirren as Brigitte and Michael Pena as Simon in "Collateral Beauty." (Deseret Photo) “COLLATERAL BEAUTY” — 2 stars — Will Smith, Edward Norton, Kate Winslet, Michael Pena, Helen Mirren; PG-13 (thematic elements and brief strong language); in general release Imagine a modern-day “Christmas Carol” where the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future were hired actors recruited to help assemble a legal case against Ebenezer Scrooge. Now make Scrooge a generous advertising executive mourning the death of his daughter, and you have the plot of “Collateral Beauty,” director David Frankel’s well-intended but overcooked holiday drama. Howard (Will Smith) is a successful New York advertising executive who sells his products on their connections to love, time and death. But two years after the death of his 6-year-old daughter, Howard has retreated so far into himself that his agency is on the verge of financial ruin. He won’t be the only casualty. His partner Whit (Edward Norton) is desperate to keep the business going, so he hatches a plan with Simon (Michael Peña) and Claire (Kate Winslet), two of his co-workers: recruit a trio of local actors to introduce themselves to Howard as the living manifestations...

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