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What Rats Won't Do (1998)

R | | Comedy, Romance | 1 July 1998 (USA)
Soon to be married lawyer Kate Beckenham has landed the case of a lifetime. Her courtroom opponent turns out to be the charming Jack Sullivan, who has never lost a single case.

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Jack
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Kate
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Ellen
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Graham
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Jane
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Judge Foster
Chris Jury ...
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Tony
W. Stephen Gilbert ...
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Verger
Paul Rider ...
Kate's Clerk
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Jack's Dad
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Woman with Dog
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Mirella
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Gerald
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In London, the lawyer Kate Beckenham is near to her wedding day with her fiancé Graham, when she is invited to defend a heritage case against the brilliant lawyer Jack Sullivan, who has never lost a case in court. The twenty-one years old American Mirella Burton is disputing fifteen millions of pounds and some properties against Gerald Burton Jr., the inherited son of her deceased husband. During the trial, the romantic Kate falls in love for Jack, and sees the case in another perspective. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Comedy | Romance

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1 July 1998 (USA)  »

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Anwältinnen küßt man nicht  »

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Justice Tomlin: Members of the Jury, the case you're about to hear may shock and disturb you. And, of course, sexual intercourse with beasts of burden is, thank goodness, relatively uncommon in this day and age.
[the clerk whispers something to him]
Justice Tomlin: Please forgive me, that is my case in Wales next week. Happily, our case today is altogether more civilised.
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Ready to Go
Written by Tim Dorney, Saffron, Andrew Todd and Jonny Male
Performed by Republica
Courtesy of BMG Entertainment International UK & Ireland Ltd
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A wonderful, funny, endearing romantic comedy

Many of the critques I've read on this little movie claimed it was too cliched at the end...too mushy (for lack of a better word). I disagree 100%. Besides, aren't all the enjoyable romantic comedies a bit "mushy"...don't most of them end with the guy getting the girl? Isn't that the point? This film is so romantic, and sooo sweet. It brightened my day.

It's got a lot going for it. A great cast, though I thought Parker Posey was way over the top in her role as the "grieving widow". Charles Dance was fantastic as always, and James Frain & Natascha McElhone have beautiful chemistry together. I'd love to see them act together again. Their scenes are the most enjoyable in a movie full of enjoyable scenes. Also, it was lotsa fun to get a glimpse into the British Legal system...my, but they do have some strange customs. Though, I did find the black flowing robes and stiff white collars rather appealing :) It was a VERY British movie, with a very British cast, doing extremely British things, and for me, that was another big plus. I love all things British, and oddly enough, Irish as well.

But the biggest plus for me was James Frain. Ever since I saw him in "Where the Heart Is" & "Nothing Personal", I've been a huge fan. It was so delightful to see him in English mode. I've seen him play so many characters from American to Spanish to Irish...but very few with his true native accent.

If you love romance, and witty humor you'll adore this movie.


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