...I guess we have different tastes in film. At least you liked Ikiru. As far as Traffic goes, given the competition as of late, it stands head and shoulders above 99% of it. the cinematography and camerawork communicated a great deal and added tons to the film if you look at it correctly. And the scene with the kids just whacked out of their mind, talking incomprehensible bullshit, was just priceless.
I agree the ending scene was typically gay, but hey, this is the U.S.A. Deal with it.