Saturday, March 19, 2011


Murder mystery

Matthew McConaughey: Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Mick Haller
Laurence Mason: his chauffeur Earl
John Leguizamo: bail bondsman Val Valenzuela
Ryan Phillippe: Beverly Hills playboy Louis Roulet
Bob Gunton: the Roulet family lawyer Cecil Dobbs
Frances Fisher: Louis’ mother Mary Windsor
William H. Macy: private investigator Frank Levin
Marisa Tomei: Mick’s ex Maggie
Josh Lucas: assistant D.A. Ted Minton

I don’t know if there are street-smart wise-guy lawyers like Mick in LA but there should be. It’s refreshing to see a lawyer who comes across as somebody you’d like to sit down and have a drink with. Perhaps it’s the way McConaughey plays it but it makes for an entertaining outing.

The well written story plays out quickly with enough clues for solving the mystery rather than leaving the viewer totally befuddled; that’s worth the price of admission alone.

The acting is uniformly very good and the characters more-or-less believable. Something you don’t see too often in movies of this sort.

for some violence, sexual content and language.

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