Sometimes it’s not the actual events portrayed in a movie that make it a little too coincidental for comfort. Case in point: the 1999 paranoia thriller Arlington Road, about a man who suspects his neighbor is plotting to blow up a government building. The domestic terrorism shown on screen does echo tragedies like 1995’s Oklahoma City bombing, but that wasn’t what caused its studio to rethink releasing the movie. Arlington Road was scheduled for a May opening, before the school shooting in Columbine, Colo., occurred that April. The only connection between the movie’s plot and real life is the violence they share. But the film’s themes of distrust of neighbors, disintegration of community and evil lurking in plain sight led to the decision to push Arlington Road’s release to July.
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