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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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Storyline

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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Comedy | Romance

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

Gross:

$13,548,764 (USA) (25 July 1997)
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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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Sound technician Brian McPherson is credited as "hothead technician." See more »

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Pleasin' You
Written by Anders Osborne
Performed by Anders Osborne
Courtesy of Okeh/Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Rietti!!!!
18 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Richard Rietti!!! Best character name in movie history. Worth the price of admission just to watch Rietti fall and bumble...and fall...and bumble. Let us also not forget another vintage performance by the one and only Rip Torn. I would pay money to watch a Ron Popeil Infomercial if Rip Torn was prominently involved.

Jeff Daniels gets it done as the schlub lawyer who likes his chicken salad with mustard, not mayonnaise. Finally, we have Charlize Theron at her absolute apex (lookswise, not as an actress...clearly). You just knew it would lead to bigger & better things for her, and it did.

Worth checking out. RIETTI!!!!!


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