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Randy's Review: The Lincoln LawyerPosted Thursday, March 24, 2011, at 10:36 PM
It's easy to defend sleazy
A Los Angeles defense attorney, who works out of the back seat of a chauffeur driven Lincoln sporting the custom plate "NTGUILTY" finds he may have bitten off a little more than he can chew when he lands a high profile case with a wealthy client.
Mickey Haller (Matthew McConaughey) is a cocky, confident attorney who has a reputation for getting his scummy clientele the best deal available for them in the ugliest of cases. He's on a personal retainer for a group of LA bikers who run drugs. Others he helped owe him favors. You are who you associate with apparently.
Prosecutors and cops hate him because he's so good at undoing what they work so hard to do.
New case, Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe), son of a wealthy real estate broker Mary Windsor (Frances Fisher), stands accused of sexually assaulting and badly beating a call girl who dropped him her number at a popular nightclub. Roulet claims it's a set-up, someone just looking to score some of his family's money in a civil suit. Insisting on his complete innocence, Roulet refuses any deals and continues pointing to another man in the bar he believes is involved in the attempted money grab as the guilty party.
The case looks like a slam dunk for Haller, but slowly, discrepancies in the story start to reveal themselves and the movie becomes a search for the truth, as well as a matter of redemption for a client he was unable to keep out of prison.
McConaughey is great as the slick lawyer who honestly seems to embrace his role in the justice system - making sure his client gets the best defense possible, as long as they have the money.
Great supporting efforts here by Marisa Tomei as Maggie McPherson who is a prosecuting attorney, Haller's former wife, and mother to his child; as well as William H. Macy as his long-haired investigator Frank Levin. Also look for John Leguizamo as one of Haller's connections to possible cases, Val Valenzuela, and country star Trace Adkins as the leader of the motorcycle gang - a role he's perfectly suited for.
The drama offers some excellent twists. You're not sure how it's all going to play out. It's not hard to figure out where it's going, but you really don't know how it's going to get there. And when you finally think it's over, ... well, I don't want to ruin everything.
Sit back and enjoy the fun ride.
On a scale of 5 buckets, The Lincoln Lawyer scores 4, filled to the top and overflowing with perfectly popped corn. Let the butter flow, but make sure you bring napkins, you won't want to leave the theater to wash your hands during the movie. MPAA Rating: R for some violence, sexual content and language. The movie was viewed at Southpark 7.
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Randy Cauthron is the managing editor of the Daily Reporter. He has been with the paper since 2003 and has worked in the newspaper business since 1993. Randy enjoys entertainment and sports. He has wife, Leah and six children living in Spencer. Randy enjoys sharing his opinion on everything from entertainment, pop culture, politics and sports.