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Trial and Error (1997)

tomatometer

50

Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 3

No consensus yet.

audience

30

liked it
Average Rating: 2.7/5
User Ratings: 2,977

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Movie Info

This comedy features TV's Seinfeld regular Michael Richards in his first starring role, opposite Jeff Daniels. Daniels plays Charlie Tuttle, an up-and-coming attorney engaged to Tiffany Whitfield (Alexandra Wentworth), the daughter of the law firm's boss (Lawrence Pressman). His boss sends him to a small Nevada town to represent a down-and-out relative, Benny Gibbs (Rip Torn). Benny has been charged with fraud for bilking people in a mail-order scam. At a bachelor party that Charlie's future

PG-13,

Comedy

Sara Bernstein, Gregory Bernstein

Nov 16, 1999

New Line Home Entertainment

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All Critics (45) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (17) | DVD (4)

Something is surely amiss when the trial antics are the least interesting aspect of a courtroom comedy,

October 14, 2005 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Lynn's attempt to replicate the courtroom zaniness of My Cousin Vinny is a humorless pie-in-the-face.

July 10, 2003
eFilmCritic.com

A hilarious comedy with delicious comic bits on lawyers, juries and experts.

August 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

A nicely balanced blend of zany comedy and touching romance.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Audience Reviews for Trial and Error

Director Jonathan Lynn makes another courtroom delight, following the success of My Cousin Vinny. Michael Richards delivers the expected Dramer-esque slapstick he became famous for on TV's Seinfeld, but then allows his character a more serious and rational side.
September 6, 2009
deano
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Okay comedy with a witty title. Jeff Daniels and Michael Richards make a good mismatched-buddy team, and to his credit after the first 15 minutes Richards manages to inhabit his character without too many reminders of Kramer. Charlize Theron is very winning in an early supporting role as Daniels' love interest. Seems they forgot this was a comedy after an hour, instead adding an ill-advised romance between Richards and Jessica Steen who actually provides a worthy adversary.

Final verdict: with plenty of opportunities for satire or slapstick available, it should have been funnier.
August 9, 2012
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    1. Elizabeth Gardner: Where do you come from?
    2. Richard Petti: Where do you want me to come from?
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