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Sydney Banks learns the hard way that being driven and educated is not the path to success. With the help of Todd Hunter her career takes off. Sydney gets pulled into corporate blackmail ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Sydney Banks
Todd Hunter
Ed Beechner
Brian Wesley Thomas
(as Jeff Marcus)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Taryn Carter ...
Sydney Banks' Little Sister
Party Guest
Keith Leon Williams ...
Homless Attorney (as Keith Hickles)


Sydney Banks learns the hard way that being driven and educated is not the path to success. With the help of Todd Hunter her career takes off. Sydney gets pulled into corporate blackmail and murder. With the help of boyfriend Derek, she begins her own deception. Written by Anonymous

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Probably the worst movie about law and lawyers ever made
9 January 1999 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

This film is of interest to fans who like films about law and lawyers because it can serve as the answer to the question "what is the worst movie about lawyers ever made?" The film takes every lawyer cliche and hauls it far over the top. The film is set in a law firm which is equivalent in manners and morals to a shark tank. It begins with a down-sizing in which the managing partner literally hauls an associate out of her office and throws her in the elevator. Another disgruntled associate shoots up the joint. Our heroine, an African American from Harvard Law School, with some semblance of ethics is trying to survive in this environment but can only do so if she can generate business. The plot degenerates into some nonsense which I gather has to do with digging up dirt on potential clients, then blackmailing them into retaining the lawyer. More and more people get shot, but most viewers, like myself, will have lost interest long before the film winds down. Everything about the film is amateurish; the acting is comical and the screenplay sounds like a middle school writing project.

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