An awful film that tries too hard to be something it's not. An inert piece of cinematic crap that rips off other ideas and uses them as its own. Bringing in the themes of multiculturalism and Islam in order to win favor with pseudointellectual twentysomethings attending schools such as UCSD and Stanford. Film school crap that is gobbled up by west coast liberal elites for its supposedly edgy material.
Also see: The Kingdom, Rendition, Lions for Lambs, Redacted, Crash (2005), and others.
Person A: I just spent $9.75 to watch Babel? Yikes!
Person B: Yuck. But look on the bright side, you can now be a university professor.
Person A: Right, I'm so brilliant.