You'll be glad to hear they don't play chess. Based on Death Takes a Holiday, a '20s stage play that got turned into a '30s movie starring Fredric March, Meet Joe Black has Death falling in love with the boss' daughter (Claire Forlani)--actually, not just falling in love but making love with the boss' daughter. Only in Hollywood would this be considered a respectable way for the Grim Reaper to spend his time. Meet Joe Black is fairly dripping in Hollywood sentimentality, and yet...and yet there's something so life-affirming about Pitt and Forlani's jaw-dropping beauty, which director Martin Brest can't seem to get enough of. As E.T. with bone structure, Pitt does only a passable job, but who cares? He's gorgeous. It's Hopkins, as the man who has it all, who puts us in touch with our own mortality--the fact that we only live once, if that.