Under pressure to accept a plea bargain resisted by a street-wise client, public defender Carter stands by his client, angering the judge, then his boss. At home, Carter's wife Sharice, a ... See full summary »
Under pressure to accept a plea bargain resisted by a street-wise client, public defender Carter stands by his client, angering the judge, then his boss. At home, Carter's wife Sharice, a socialite who grew up in the suburbs, chafes at the financial and personal strain of raising two young children in the inner city. Sharice pushes Carter to use her uncle's connections to get a job in a fancy downtown law firm. Carter agrees to leave the defender's office for a new job, though not to join a fancy law firm. Instead, following his conscience, he opens a law office in the inner city to fight against a criminal justice system that prizes efficiency over real justice. When Carter and his team of lawyers and activists launch a controversial direct action campaign targeting the court system, Sharice must decide whether to stay with her husband or take their two young children to the suburbs. Carter struggles to keep his family together, expand the direct action campaign, and survive a ... Written by
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This is a well-crafted, mostly well-acted, satisfying 'Stick It To The Man' melodrama that has few real surprises, but which I found enjoyable anyway (after all, sometimes The Man needs to be Stuck). The brush strokes are broad here, at times perhaps crossing the line into stereotypes, but there's a good job done at the beginning bringing the characters to life, so that you end up caring about their story. Especially good are Roger Guenveur Smith in the lead role and Allen Hamilton as the primary villain; supporting cast is, well, supportive, with Joe Minjares adding some wry humor. Best of all, despite the film's serious message: the injustice of racial oppression, it avoids getting too preachy (a common failing in the SITTM genre), telling the tale with a pretty deft touch and some humor. Minor quibble: the ending unfolds hastily; don't let your attention stray in the last 10 minutes. Overall, a solid film with some thought-provoking points and a satisfying Good Triumphing Over Evil story.
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