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A lawyer conducts business from the back of his Lincoln town car while representing a high-profile client in Beverly Hills.
It's called The Lincoln Lawyer because Mickey Haller (Matthew McConaughey) essentially has his office in the back of a Lincoln. It's an eye-rolling title, screaming mediocrity, with a first-time director led by an actor who then made a name for himself doing horrible romcoms and other forgettable films. It's certainly another one you can easily skip, right? What the world didn't anticipate was the McConaissance - a mega re-surgence in his career, and The Lincoln Lawyer was just the beginning. It's a familiar Hollywood courtroom drama but highly effective thanks to it's well-written, tightly edited story and a fantastic cast top to bottom.
Ryan Phillippe (who I last saw in the overly-ambitious stylish dystopian film Franklyn) does great work as…
I've got a bit of a soft spot for courtroom dramas. From A few Good Men to Runaway Jury, 12 Angry Men to To Kill A Mockingbird, there are a lot of powerful and interesting movies in the genre. The Lincoln Lawyer may not quite be in the two latter movies class, but it was a welcome return to form for Matthew McConaughey.
It may have taken a crash diet and a huge pay-cut for McConaughey to finally get that Oscar under his belt, but this was a fairly good start getting away from those horrible romantic comedies. This is clever and quite thought provoking and although nothing entirely original is helped by stand out turns from both McConaughey and…
Back when I completely lost myself in the wonderful wide world of legal thriller novels, I had two primary favorite authors: John Grisham and Michael Connelly. Grisham provided the overwhelmingly pessimistic realist's view of the slow moving life of the legal profession (as he is a former lawyer), while Connelly gave me more of a thrilling and fictionalized view of the life of a lawyer through his sizzling, fast talking protagonist Mickey Haller. I always found Connelly's version of the legal profession to be much more entertaining, which makes sense, because the sensationalized lives that fictional lawyers lead is absolutely nothing like the mundane paperwork-laden world of the real legal profession. Nevertheless, Connelly's legal thrillers always kept me intrigued, and…
Oh Mathew McConaughey. I'm so glad you decided to start making good movies again.
Job well done, Matthew McConaughey!!! It's great to have you back on the A list of some of the best actors working today instead of staying in romantic comedy hell or in the filthy horrors of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre!
"The Lincoln Lawyer" definitely proves on why Matthew McConaughey is one of the best actors we ever had in the business right now. Over the course of many years, he was able to redeem himself from being the same guy who is in every romantic comedy he's been in to an Academy Award Winner for his performance in "Dallas Buyers Club" back in 2013.
If you all excuse me, I got a lot of GOOD McConaughey films to catch up on!
As far as courtroom dramas go, this is one of my favorites. It has a nice casual feel to it that makes it so enjoyable. Matthew McConaughey reeks of coolness in this. He was born to wear suits. He makes lawyers look bad-ass, something I never thought was possible. I mean, his license plate number is "NTGUILTY". That's bad-ass in my book.
But as it is a courtroom movie, by the end it gets a bit ridiculous, especially with the "bad" characters. They're too over the top. Aside from that, this movie is just a lot of fun to watch and keeps you interested through the whole running time.
This movie lacks grit. I was never intersted in the plot and i didnt find it believable. It just feels too made for tv. I aslo found the character's lacking charisma.
One of the central conceits of the film deals with an abuse of the attorney-client privilege, but it shows a fundamental misunderstanding with regard to how that privilege functions. Most laypeople think that the privilege means that anything you say to your lawyer is protected and cannot be revealed outside the attorney-client relationship. In actuality, the privilege only covers communications made for the purpose of securing legal advice. For example, if I'm your lawyer and you tell me that you killed someone and seek my advice as to how you can get off, I cannot reveal that information. If I'm your lawyer and you tell me that you killed someone else, completely unrelated to my representation, then there is no…
Saw this in theaters. Thought it was laughably terrible, just perfect fodder for bad movie podcasts. For years I've seen this thing highly regarded; hell it's at 83% on RT. so I decided to give it another go. I don't know what I was thinking, this movie is a blast! Now I get why some credit it with kicking off the mcconasaince or however the hell you say it. It really is the perfect Mac movie, he plays a cocksure lawyer with nothing but charm and swagger. Great time. Don't know what Kurtis from 2011 til today was thinking! Great movie!
This is one of those films that is just a fantastic thriller from start to finish and some of it doesn't stick as well as it wants to but you can't fault it for what it is. All the actors are top notch in this thing. I hope one day they make a sequel to this.
Re-watched this because I just finished reading the book. It's good. I mean, who doesn't enjoy a good courtroom thriller? The story may not take any real surprising twists or turns, but the slick execution from director Brad Furman and the very solid performance from Matthew McConaughey keep us engaged for two hours.
So, there's only one verdict you can put on the board, baby... and that's an NG.
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A couple days ago my dad (bless the ol' grizzly bear) was helping me pack up the last of my shit — I'm moving from an apartment near the California coast back to the sweltering Central Valley for some half-baked reason. Um... Oh yeah — "family," that's why. After I was done arguing with my alcoholic landlord (seriously — he regularly drives over already drunk, "fixes"/fiddles with a water heater or whatever while downing a few more brews, then drives off drunker-er) we got some dinny and checked into a hotel for the night. "What to watch?"
The Lincoln Lawyer was on TNT, about 1/2 an hour in, and Pops filled me in on the beginning. He thinks saw it…
I'll be honest. I don't hate Matthew McConaughey as a serious actor. As a comedian, he's terrible. And he's proved it with films like Sahara, Fool's Gold, and Failure to Launch. I did like him in Dazed and Confused, but he had more of a serious, advice-giving role in that film.
But as a dramatic actor, he's proven himself to be great. And this is my favorite film he's been in (and before you ask, no, I haven't seen Dallas Buyer's Club yet.)
For a legal drama this one packs a lot of excitement. The story was full of twists which kept things interesting and there were a good amount of thrilling moments. The performances were strong all around, especially Matthew McConaughey with this being the first role leading him back into making serious films again. Definitely worth watching.
I like this podcast, and they post a list of every movie mentioned on their episodes, so... here we go!…
Some of the most fun movies I have ever seen; had a really good time with these.