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"Harry's Law" American Dreams (2011)

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Well-written, well-acted episode that is sadly based on truth

10/10
Author: metromm from United States
4 March 2011

This episode was entertaining and informative. Sadly, much of it was based on the truth.

Google UNHCR.org (the UN Refugee Agency), enter the search term ALBINO and read a February 11, 2011 story: East Africa: Albinos still targeted for body parts. Hats off to Hollywood writers who use fiction to highlight fact and focus attention on global problems in need of immediate resolution.

The stolen car side-plot was icing on the cake. It presented a great opportunity for the writers to insert a very interesting twist and for young Brittany Snow (Jenna) to show off her acting chops.

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American DREAMS is outstanding.

10/10
Author: asiafilm1 from United States
1 March 2011

"American Dreams" on HARRY'S LAW is a truly great American script, whether for television or film. Speaking as a screenwriter/director and film professor, it is stunning work. The balancing of political and emotional POVs, using reason, pragmatism, philosophy, and raw emotions, is rare on TV, and was perfectly sustained in all three story lines (drama, romance, melodrama) for almost an hour. Sensitive inner performances from all the supporting and character actors matched the high level of the writing. Kathy Bates and Christopher McDonald were wrenchingly superb, even without words. Director Steve Robin's seemingly invisible direction allowed every dramatic point and character change to clearly shine. The show, and this episode in particular, are more than worthy of the next Emmys, Writer's Guild Awards, and if it were possible, Oscars. David E. Kelley has outdone himself, and deserves our deepest professional, artistic, and humanist respect.

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Immigration Focus Here 1.7 ***

8/10
Author: edwagreen from United States
1 March 2011

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Quite a good episode with one major criticism here. Tommy and Harry defend arrested Tanzanian albinos who came here for political asylum and now run the risk of deportation.

My major criticism here is with the writing. While the two use emotional thoughts to express the idea that we have welcomed others who are escaping their countries due to tyranny, something should have been said that look what happened when nothing was done as the Nazis began their genocide of Jewish people. This should have been said.

A sidebar story is that Jenna's car was stolen and the disparaging remark she made to Harry about what her life must have been like in high school.

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