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After ten years playing edgy superheroes and oddballs, Robert Downey Jr returns to the real world with the kind of slick, mainstream Hollywood vehicle he was on track to make in the first place, before sobriety issues bumped him momentarily from the A-list. The good news is that Downey sparkles in the story of a smooth-talking, big-city lawyer who finds himself defending his estranged father (Robert Duvall) - the respected small-town judge of the title - on a hit-and-run murder charge after returning home for his mother's funeral. The bad news is that he (not to mention Duvall) deserves a much better showcase than this, a sentimental father-son story that builds towards, but then fumbles, a potentially gripping courtroom drama, while a cast of heavyweight supports, including an on-form Billy Bob Thornton as the silver-fox prosecuting attorney, stand around with little to do. It bodes well for Downey's post-
future, but, sadly, in this case, the promised sparks never fly.
A cynical lawyer returns to his home town to attend his mother's funeral, and is reunited with his disapproving estranged father, the local judge. When an ex-convict is killed in a hit-and-run incident, the judge is accused of the crime, and it falls to his son to represent him. Drama, starring Robert Downey Jr, Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga and Billy Bob Thornton.
Cast & Crew
Robert Downey Jr
Judge Joseph Palmer
Billy Bob Thornton
Warner Brothers Entertainment UK Ltd
Swearing, sexual references.
DVD and Blu-ray
17 Oct 2014
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