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Trial and Error (1997)

 -  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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An experienced lawyer and an out-of-work actor giving justice a run for its money See more »

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content | See all certifications »
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30 May 1997 (USA)  »

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Trial and Error  »

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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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In Italy, the film was released under the title "Ancora più scemo", wich means "Even more Dumber". This was done to make the audience believe that the movie was a sequel to Dumb & Dumber (1994). See more »

Quotes

Charles Tuttle: I don't pose, I don't preen, I don't put perjured testimony on the stand. I don't make a mockery of the American legal system.
Richard Rietti: Well, you have your style, and I got mine.
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Sound technician Brian McPherson is credited as "hothead technician." See more »

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Turn Me Loose
Written by Doc Pomus & Mort Shuman
Performed by Dion DiMucci (as Dion)
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment
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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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