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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Keith Mills ...
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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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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Cast members Jennifer Coolidge, Alexandra Wentworth, and McNally Sagal all made guest appearances on the popular TV sitcom "Seinfeld" (1989-1998), on which lead actor Michael Richards starred for its entire run. See more »


[last lines]
Richard Rietti: [on motorcycle] Oh yeah, ha ha! Oh! We should definitely slow down now, okay? No, don't go faster! Aaaah! Whoa, okay, whoa!
Elizabeth: Hey, watch it!
Richard Rietti: What am I supposed to hold on to?
Elizabeth: Not - that!
Richard Rietti: Well I gotta hold on to something, it's dangerous.
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Crazy Credits

Sound technician Brian McPherson is credited as "hothead technician." See more »


Bouquet of Roses
Written by Steve Nelson & Bob Hilliard
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Excellent film
1 March 2002 | by (Wichita, Kansas, USA) – See all my reviews

This film illustrates that appearances can be deceiving. Each of the main characters is playing a role that is somehow contrary to that person's real identity. In the case of the Rip Torn character, who is on trial for fraud, the deception is obvious, despite his ludicrous attempt to justify his fraudulent actions. And it is equally obvious in the case of the Michael Richards character, who is pretending to be a lawyer to help out his friend. But the other characters also are revealed to be different than who they appear to be.

This is a wonderful movie, which raises important questions about the veneer most of us use to hide our real selves. Like most good comedians (e.g., Robin Williams, Steve Martin), Michael Richards is also a fine actor, and his closing argument in the case is an especially masterful piece of acting.

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