Trial and Error Movie Review 1996

Information and Film Reviews for Trial and Error the Movie

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Courtroom comedy may remind you of another law oriented movie. No, not "Kramer vs. Kramer." It's "My Cousin Vinny," also directed by Lynn. Both feature fake lawyers defending hopeless clients in small towns. In this case, lawyer Charles Tuttle (Daniels) is too messed up from his bachelor party to make it to court for a case in which the defendent Benny (Torn), a relative of Chuck's big-wig future father-in-law, is accused of selling mail-order "commemorative copper Lincoln engravings" which are actually pennies. His best bud Richard (Richards), an actor, decides to stand in for him, and the legal slip-and-pratfalls ensue. Richards as the physical comedian and Daniels as the white bread straight man have great comic chemistry, but the plot won't surprise you much.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 98 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Slapstick Comedy, Law & Lawyers, Order in the Court, Otherwise Engaged, Not-So-True Identity, Singles
Sarah Bernstein, Gregory Bernstein
Michael Richards, Jeff Daniels, Rip Torn, Charlize Theron, Jessica Steen, Austin Pendleton, Alexandra Wentworth, Lawrence Pressman, Dale Dye, Max Casella, Jennifer Coolidge
Gabriel Beristain
Jonathan Lynn
Phil Marshall
Gary Ross, Jonathan Lynn, Mary Parent, Allen Alsobrook, Larger Than Life, New Line Cinema

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