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Trial and Error (1997)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 30 May 1997 (USA)
An actor poses as a lawyer to help his sick friend, and problems develop.

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Lawyer Charlie Tuttle is defending his wife's relative Benny Gibbs in a class action fraud suit, but when he gets to the city where court takes place, he gets drunk and the following day, when the hearings begin, his friend, actor Richard Rjetti takes his place posing as Charlie. The bad thing is that Richard doesn't know anything about being a lawyer, and Charlie has to teach him as the court goes on. Written by Marcos Eduardo Acosta Aldrete

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A defense this dumb, has got to be a crime! See more »

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content | See all certifications »
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$4,903,529 (USA) (30 May 1997)

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$13,548,764 (USA) (25 July 1997)
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Austin Pendleton (who was a judge in this film) previously appeared as a stammering defense lawyer in My Cousin Vinny (1992) , another courtroom comedy movie. See more »

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Richard Rietti: Maybe he's the person that he con'd the most. I mean we all do that, you know. We all keep a little bit of ourselves hidden. Cuz if we didn't, well, then we'd have to look at who we are. Who we really are. And if we didn't like it, well, we'd have nobody to blame but ourselves.
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familiar formula elevated by good casting and writing
29 July 2012 | by See all my reviews

Charlie Tuttle is a workaholic lawyer who just made partner at his law firm and is also engaged to his boss's daughter; his best friend Richard Rietti is an out of work actor who throws him a wild bachelor party the night before Charlie has to defend his boss's relative. When Charlie is too incapacitated to appear in court the next morning, Richard assumes his identity but gets in over his head when the case is ordered to proceed. Director Lynn, who employed a similar formula in My Cousin Vinny, avoids turning this into a strained redo thanks to the pairing of Richards and Daniels who play exceptionally well off one another, aided by a script that offers plenty of clever and very funny moments, and a surprisingly effective romantic subplot. Good casting, writing, and laughs make this more fun than it should be. ***


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