The Paper Chase Reviews
John Houseman was classic. He 'earrrnnnnnd it'.
Lindsay Wagner was hot, and was so long after this.
There were several similar movies in the late 60s, early 70s. Very evocative of a young love. 'Love Story' was notorious. 'Goodbye, Columbus' was another one.
The trials and tribulations of a group of first year students at
Harvard Law School. Focuses on one student in particular, James Hart
(played by Timothy Bottoms). He immediately finds himself out of his
depth, particularly in Contract Law where the teacher is a
curmudgeonly, stern man who has taught the subject for 40 years,
Professor Kingsfield (John Houseman). However, through hard work he
starts to cope. Then he starts a relationship with Susan (Lindsay
Wagner) and it is soon apparent that he may have to choose between her
and passing his courses. To make matters worse, she's the professor's
Reasonably interesting. The slog that is University life, especially in
a tough course in an incredibly prestigious institution, is well shown.
Also well examined are the effects of the pressures on students, and
how some manage to cope and even thrive, and some not.
However, the story is quite dry. Never really becomes compelling or
truly engaging. Feels clumsy at times. The romantic side is quite dull
and some sub-plots go nowhere.
Performances are mostly quite solid, especially in the main roles. John
Houseman got a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance as
The movie spawned a TV series which ran from 1978 to 1986.
Portrayal of law school life, classroom
Worst part- personal lives
(Full review coming soon)