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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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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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2.35 : 1
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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 »


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 »


Too Much of Everything
Performed by The Fabulous Thunderbirds (featuring Kim Wilson)
Written by Kim Wilson, Danny Kortchmar and Steve Jordan
Courtesy of High Street Records
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Not hilarious, but it was funny.
27 April 2002 | by (Escondido, California, USA) – See all my reviews

I've always been a fan of Michael Richards, Jeff Daniels and who doesn't love Charlize Theron? I couldn't dare say this movie anywhere near the top 10 funniest movies I've ever seen, but it's got some really good stuff in it. If you're a fan of Charlize Theron like I am, than you really don't need to know anything else other than the fact that she is in the film.

The only real complaint I have about the movie is the way that Jeff Daniels gets detained from court in the first place. I thought they could have come up with a better way of getting Michael Richards in the court room than having Jeff Daniels get in a bar fight and then taking too much medicine to go to court the next day.

Anyhow, if you have the time and like the actors in the film, then go ahead and see it, but I wouldn't recommend going out of your way to see it. Thanks for reading.


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