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Running Time:
1 hour, 59 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for some violence, sexual content and language.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A clever courtroom drama, full of unpredictable twists and turns and featuring a fine performance by Matthew McConaughey.

Additional Info:
Added DVD Features: Closed Caption; "Making the Case: Creating the Lincoln Lawyer" featurette; "At Home on the Road" featurette with Michael Connelly; "One on One" featurette with Matthew McConaughey and Michael Connelly; Deleted scenes.

Matthew McConaughey ... Haller
Marisa Tomei ... Maggie
Ryan Phillippe ... Louis Roulet
William H. Macy ... Frank Levin
Josh Lucas ... Ted Minton
Michael Peņa ... Jesus Martinez
Bob Gunton ... Cecil Dobbs
Frances Fisher ... Mary Windsor
John Leguizamo ... Val Valenzuela

The Lincoln Lawyer

The Lincoln Lawyer Mickey Haller (Matthew McConaughey) runs his successful L.A. law practice from his vintage Lincoln town car. He has a daughter with his public-prosecutor ex Maggie McPherson (Marisa Tomei) and works closely with his private-eye pal Frank Levin (William H. Macy). His new case involves the wealthy Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe), who claims he didn't violently assault a prostitute. But the more Mickey and Frank look into things, the fishier they get. And Mick will need to do some unorthodox things to win the case against a tenacious D.A. and achieve real justice.

The Lincoln Lawyer is based on the best-selling novel by Michael Connelly, and director Brad Furman ("The Take") uses a lot of close-up camerawork, quick-paced dialogue and groovy music to cover up some of the somewhat underdeveloped relationships that have necessarily been trimmed to keep it all within the limits of a conventional movie's running time.

Matthew McConaughey ricochets effectively between the members of the excellent supporting cast, although some of the many characters don't get enough screen time to register as effectively as they might have. But Ryan Phillippe  does have an opportunity to shine as the spoiled rich guy who from the start clearly has some dark corners that he appears to be hiding. With its often unpredictable plot, complete with any number of twists and turns, The Lincoln Lawyer is constantly engrossing and it may just the be the beginning of any number of future Mickey Haller courtroom dramas.

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