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

Quotes

[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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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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charm,
1 November 2002 | by (CT) – See all my reviews



This one had all ingredients for a great comedic recipe. It surprises me that it didn't recieve more attention.

A great view of how something seemingly simple can quickly become absurd. All through this movie were characters of stark contrasts. What ensues is a complete loss of control of a simple thing and the way in which the different characters handle it.

The irony of the whole thing is that the harder the serious ones tried to control the situation, the more out of control the thing got.

The real brilliance though, lies in Richards' character, Richard Rietti. Playing as an actor, he approaches life as one big play, and the lawyer as yet another role. All the world's a stage. I think this movie points this out for us. In the end, we can only laugh at man's attempt to establish order, whether in the courtroom, or in life, in the face of chaos.


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