Trial and Error (1997)

TRIAL AND ERROR is a clumsy reworking of MY COUSIN VINNY, with di-
rector Jonathan Lynn staging another small-town trial with another 
exasperated judge presiding over yet another courtroomful of color-
ful personalities.  In this case, its Michael Richards out-of-work 
actor impersonating his best-friend lawyer (Jeff Daniels), after a 
bachelor party for the latter leaves him incapacitated.  Despite 
the Kramer-ish antics of Mr. Richards, some fresh flustering by 
Austin Pendleton (as the judge), and one howler of a testimony from 
Rip Torn (as the defendant), the courtroom shenanigans end up only 
intermittenly funny.  Far more interesting is the romance that 
develops between Daniels' character and a waitress (played by a 
glowing Charleze Theron) and a late line of thought that asks each 
character to examine how the issue of truth affects them.  (Rated 
"PG-13"/106 min.)

Grade: C+

Copyright 1997 Michael J. Legeros
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Originally posted to triangle.movies in MOVIE HELL: May 31, 1997

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