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The Judge


Rated R · 141 minutes · 2014

A prince-of-darkness defense attorney in Chicago (Robert Downey Jr.) returns to his Indiana hometown to bury his mother and winds up defending his estranged father (Robert Duvall), a respected judge, in a fatal hit-and-run case. The leads are typecast to perfection—Downey glib and aggressive, Duvall principled and crotchety—but the legal drama is freighted with stale family and interpersonal conflicts, and the comic relief is unfortunate (Dax Shepard as a country lawyer who pukes before every crucial court session, Jeremy Strong as a mentally impaired man dispensing idiot one-liners). This is one of those films that uses home-movie footage as shorthand for an idyllic past; it's a telling cliche, indicative of a writer who's blind to any reality he hasn't seen projected onto a screen. David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers, Shanghai Nights) directed; with Vera Farmiga, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Billy Bob Thornton.
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Director: David Dobkin
Producer: Susan Downey, David Dobkin, David Gambino, Bruce Berman, Steven Mnucin, Herb Gains, Robert Downey Jr. and Jeff Kleeman
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Billy Thornton, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard, Leighton Meester, Ken Howard, Emma Tremblay, Balthazar Getty, David Krumholtz, Sarah Lancaster, Grace Zabriskie, Denis O'Hare, Matt Riedy and Mark Kiely

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