Trial and Error

1997, Comedy, 1h 38m

36 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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Trial and Error gets some laughs out of the comedic chemistry between its pleasantly mismatched leads, although the results are still somewhat less than memorable. Read critic reviews

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Lawyer Charlie (Jeff Daniels) is sent by his boss (Lawrence Pressman) to a small Nevada town to file a continuance request for mail-order con man Benjamin Gibbs (Rip Torn). Charlie's actor friend, Richard (Michael Richards), turns up to throw a surprise bachelor party celebrating Charlie's upcoming marriage to the boss's daughter (Alexandra Wentworth). When Charlie is too hung over to make it to court for the hearing, Richard fills in -- and must continue impersonating him for the whole trial.

Cast & Crew

Michael Richards
Richard 'Ricky' Rietti
Jeff Daniels
Charles 'Charlie' Tuttle
Jessica Steen
Elizabeth Gardner
Austin Pendleton
Judge Paul Z. Graff
Rip Torn
Benjamin 'Benny' Gibbs
Ali Wentworth
Tiffany Whitfield
Jennifer Coolidge
Jacqueline 'Jackie' Turreau
Dale Dye
Dr. German Stone, Psychiatrist
Max Casella
Dr. Brown, Psychiatrist
Allen Alsobrook
Executive Producer
Mary Parent
Executive Producer
Gary Ross
Producer
Phil Marshall
Original Music
Gabriel Beristain
Cinematographer
Tony Lombardo
Film Editor
Victoria Paul
Production Design
Philip Messina
Art Direction
Kathe Klopp
Set Decoration
Shay Cunliffe
Costume Designer
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Critic Reviews for Trial and Error

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Audience Reviews for Trial and Error

  • Jul 09, 2011
    considering all the talent this project had to offer its a shame nothing really comes together. the main issues are the mismatched pairing of Richards & Daniels which doesn't work. Richards doesn't really offer the humour he does from Seinfeld which is why this film stayed off everyones rader back on its release. Daniels has proven he is capable of comedy roles but he is unable to inject anything remotely resembling a likable character. Theron is quite good in a thankless role but allows Daniels to share some meaningful screen time with. I really wanted to like this film but it is poorly directed and the jokes miss more then they hit.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Oct 21, 2009
    This was pretty funny,very predictable but a fun movie to watch.Michael Richards was awesome in this.overall worth the rent
    Daryl . Super Reviewer
  • May 22, 2009
    Very funny. Espicially since Michael Richards was in it.
    Cassie H Super Reviewer
  • Dec 14, 2008
    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.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer

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