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"THE LINCOLN LAWYER"
(2011) (Matthew McConaughey, Ryan Phillippe ) (R)


Alcohol/Drugs Heavy
Blood/Gross Stuff Heavy
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Extreme
Frightening/Tense Scenes Heavy
Gun/Weapons Heavy
Imitative Behavior Moderate
Jump Scenes None
Music (Scary/Tense) Minor
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Heavy
Sex/Nudity Heavy
Smoking Mild
Tense Family Scenes Mild
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Drama: A slick criminal defense attorney, who's used to manipulating the system and others to get his way, may have met his match in his biggest client yet, a Beverly Hills playboy who's been accused of rape and attempted murder.
PLOT:
Mick Haller (MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY) is a slick criminal defense attorney who represents petty criminals by manipulating the legal system and others. Divorced from prosecutor Maggie McPherson (MARISA TOMEI) with whom he has a young daughter, Mick works out of the backseat of a Lincoln Continental driven by chauffeur Earl (LAURENCE MASON), and often gets his cases involving drug suspects or hookers from slimy bail bondsmen Val Valenzuela (JOHN LEGUIZAMO).

His latest is definitely the biggest fish he's ever landed -- Beverly Hills playboy Louis Roulet (RYAN PHILLIPPE). Along with his wealthy mother, Mary Windsor (FRANCES FISHER), and family attorney, Cecil Dobbs (BOB GUNTON), Louis claims he's innocent of charges accusing him of rape and attempted murder of local hooker Reggie Campo (MARGARITA LEVIEVA).

Lead prosecutor Ted Minton (JOSH LUCAS) doesn't believe any of that, and thus Mick has his investigator friend Frank Levin (WILLIAM H. MACY) start digging into the facts, some of which start to sound similar to one of Mick's previous and unsuccessfully defended clients, Jesus Martinez (MICHAEL PENA), who's now serving time in prison for murder.

As Mick starts working up his defense for the trial, he begins to wonder if perhaps he's being manipulated by Louis and/or others, a development saddled by his inability to do or say anything due to attorney-client privilege. As he digs deeper for the truth, Mick soon learns he's going to need to step up his game in order to do what's right and emerge as unscathed as possible.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
It might be a draw to those interested in lawyers and the law or even just movies about them. Others who are fans of anyone in the cast might be interested as well.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For some violence, sexual content and language.


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