The Whole Truth (2009)
An acting coach makes it big ... Not in Hollywood, but by coaching criminal defendants on how to win over juries. But when one of her clients turns on her, she's now the one being judged!
- Angela Masters is an acting coach with an unusual client list. Instead of catering to Hollywood celebrities, she gives what could be described as personality transplants/character transformations, if you will, to accused criminals. By making her clients appear slightly more sympathetic to juries, Angela has become a specialist in securing acquittals for some decidedly shady characters. This lucrative enterprise is interrupted when Angela overhears that a client she helped set free is planning a heinous crime and that she is a target for murder. Portrayed by Elisabeth Röhm, of Law & Order fame, Angela discovers that escaping death and finding out who she really is becomes the most expensive and rewarding experience of her life. The plot points resemble those of a pure courtroom thriller, but Seattle director Colleen Patrick, in her feature debut, has turned the genre on its ear to create a fast-past and hilarious satire about the current state of the legal system. Billing itself as a screwball comedy with a twist, the film contains sharp dialog and strong comic performances. Filmed at various locations around Seattle and Tacoma, The Whole Truth packs in rapid-fire laughs, but also neatly skewers the sorry state of the American justice system.