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The Whole Truth (2016)

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A defense attorney works to get his teenage client acquitted of murdering his wealthy father.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ramsey
... Loretta
... Janelle
... Mike
... Boone (as James Belushi)
... Leblanc
... Judge Robichaux
... Legrand
... Juror #3
... Angela Morley
... Limo Driver (as Kevin Johnson)
... Officer Steed
Jason Kirkpatrick ... Detective Graves
... Arthur Westin
Jackie Tuttle ... Trixie Westin


Defense attorney Richard Ramsay takes on a personal case when he swears to his widowed friend, Loretta Lassiter, that he will keep her son Mike out of prison. Charged with murdering his father, Mike initially confesses to the crime. But as the trial proceeds, chilling evidence about the kind of man that Boone Lassiter really was comes to light. While Ramsay uses the evidence to get his client acquitted, his new colleague Janelle tries to dig deeper - and begins to realize that the whole truth is something she alone can uncover. Written by Lionsgate Premiere

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There are many sides to every murder. See more »

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Rated R for language and some violence including a sexual assault | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 October 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El abogado del mal  »

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Lupita Nyong'o auditioned for the role that went to Gugu Mbatha-Raw. See more »


When Janelle asks Loretta for a cigarette on the porch, Loretta takes out a lighter and you hear a lighter flick open, then you hear it click shut like a Zippo lighter, but she's obviously holding a plastic Bic lighter. See more »


Ramsey: At some point, every defense lawyer has to choose between his own need to know the truth and the best interests of his client.
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You'd think that it's a Grisham story, wouldn't you?
22 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

While I'll admit that I didn't predict the twist in "The Whole Truth", most of the movie is nothing special. Keanu Reeves plays a lawyer defending a teen charged with murdering his - the teen's - father. The father (Jim Belushi) was an overbearing, abusive jerk. Renee Zellweger plays the mother who's been keeping the father's brutality secret.

I thought that the most interesting scenes were the exchanges between Reeves's character and the other lawyer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), and the flashbacks showing what a creep the dad was. Most of the movie seems like other movies that we've seen, especially movies based on John Grisham novels. Zellweger really made a mistake by having her face done. She no longer looks like the same person. Even understanding that ageism is an endemic problem in Hollywood, Zellweger still could've made the choice to keep her natural look. Instead, she opted for a facelift and left herself looking bizarre.

It's not a bad movie, just nothing special.

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