Trial and Error (1997)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  30 May 1997 (USA)
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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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What's a courtroom circus without a couple of clowns? See more »


Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content | See all certifications »




Release Date:

30 May 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Advogado por Engano  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$4,903,529 (USA) (30 May 1997)


$13,548,764 (USA) (25 July 1997)

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Jennifer Tilly was originally cast as Billie Tyler. See more »


Charles Tuttle: My kindergarten teacher. I was four. She said I was too advanced for my class, and so they skipped a grade. I didn't want to be skipped, but everybody acted like I was so special. Then pretty soon I working even harder to get skipped all over again. And that, my friend, is how you end up in the junkyard.
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Sound technician Brian McPherson is credited as "hothead technician." See more »


Over Nevada
Written by Tim Spencer
Performed by Trudy Fair
Courtesy of Cow Baby Music and Heavy Harmony Music
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Great Courtroom Comedy
3 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an interesting and hilariously funny movie! A lawyer about to get married is incapacitated after a bachelor party just prior to a court appearance on a routine case where he represents the defendant. His buddy, an unemployed actor, takes his place at the trial for what is supposed to be a 5 minute appearance. The attractive female prosecutor wants to move on with the case, and the substitute lawyer is committed to participate in the trial. The recovering real lawyer meets a cute waitress and enjoys her company on his day off, only later to find that his friend's errors in court force a continued role as his doppelganger. The courtroom scenes are are absolutely hilarious, as are the off-courtroom romantic entanglements of both friends. Don't miss this movie! It's the kind you will enjoy seeing over and over again.

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