(2017) (Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: A young African-American attorney, whose mission is to defend innocent people who've been accused of crimes only because of their race, sets out to defend a black man accused of raping a white woman.
- It's 1940 and Joseph Spell (STERLING K. BROWN), a middle-aged African-American chauffeur, has been accused of raping his white socialite employer, Eleanor Strubing (KATE HUDSON), in Bridgeport, Connecticut and then tossing her off a bridge into a body of water. Joseph has a checkered past, and thus prosecutor Lorin Willis (DAN STEVENS) believes he'll have an easy time persuading the jury in Judge Foster's (JAMES CROMWELL) courtroom of the man's guilt.
Not so sure is 32-year-old Thurgood Marshall (CHADWICK BOSEMAN), the star defense attorney for the NAACP who travels around the country defending innocent people accused of crimes solely based on their race, resulting in long stretches for his wife, Buster (KEESHA SHARP), to be at home by herself. The only problem is that Thurgood isn't approved to practice law in the state and through a series of strings pulled to make that work, insurance attorney Sam Friedman (JOSH GAD) is brought on as co-counsel just to get Thurgood into the courtroom.
But Judge Foster rules that while the outsider lawyer can remain on the team, he can't speak during the trial. All of which leaves Thurgood scrambling to get Sam -- who's never worked on a criminal case and will face the fallout of being a white Jew defending a black man in the conservative town -- up to speed to ensure that Joseph isn't railroaded simply due to the color of his skin.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Most likely only if they're interested in the life and work of Thurgood Marshall or are fans of someone in the cast.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For mature thematic content, sexuality, violence and some strong language.
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