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Trial and Error (1997)

Michael Richards , Jeff Daniels , Jonathan Lynn  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Richards, Jeff Daniels, Charlize Theron, Jessica Steen, Austin Pendleton
  • Directors: Jonathan Lynn
  • Writers: Cliff Gardner, Gregory Bernstein, Sara Bernstein
  • Producers: Allen Alsobrook, Edward Lynn, Gary Ross, Jane DeVries Cooper
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 23, 1999
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0780620887
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,650 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Trial and Error" on IMDb

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An actor poses as a lawyer to help his sick friend and problems develop. The 2nd most outrageous trial of the century Studio: New Line Home Video Release Date: 02/03/2004 Starring: Charlize Theron Jeff Daniels Run time: 99 minutes Rating: Pg13 Director: Jonathan Lynn

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good comedy that is worth a watch March 9, 2004
Trial and Error is a funny movie that cannot make up its mind whether it is a physical or romantic comedy. Charlie Tuttle is a well-to-do lawyer with everything you could possibly want. However, when he gets drunk at a bachelor party and cannot go to court the next morning his actor friend, Ricky, must step in for him at the case. When Ricky realizes that what he has done is a felony, the two friends must figure a way out of the sticky situation. Watching Michael Richards as Ricky is pretty funny as he continuously stumbles across the courtroom. The problem with the movie is that it can't make up its mind what it is about. It constantly bounces back and forth between the courtroom scene and Charlie's efforts to find himself. Either way, it still has its moments and is worth a watch.
Michael Richards is very funny as Rickey Rjetti, the actor pretending to be a lawyer to help his friend. This character is basically Kramer with some morals involved. Jeff Daniels is also good as Charlie Tuttle, Rickey's friend who finds himself in quite a little predicament. Trial and Error also stars Charlize Theron(looking great), Rip Torn, Jessica Steen, Austin Pendleton, and Jennifer Coolidge. The DVD offers fullscreen and widescreen presentations, theatrical trailers, and production notes. For a funny movie with a good performance by Michael Richards, check out Trial and Error!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars touching, romantic, and hilarious all in one movie March 24, 2005
I remember seeing the trailer for this and laughing so hard. it's an amazing story. I so will laugh harder and harder every time I see this. Rip Torn (also from Men In Black) is hilarious in his role, Jeff Daniels is touching: sentimental, absurd when drunk, hilarious, and many other things. Michael Richards ( aka Kramer on Seinfeld) is a knockout in this romantic comedy. I love the scenes in the courtroom where the clients object , the judge sustains the objection or overrules it and so on. and then towards the end Jeff Daniels in his role gets his life on better track. where as at the beginning. he gets wasted, beat up, and his partner friend has to pretend he's the lawyer, who does a half ass job at it. Making this movie very funny. See this movie. it will touch you and make your sides ache too. if you like Jeff Daniels then see Arachniphobia, Dumb and Dumber, and some other movies he is in. if you like Michael Richards then get the Seinfeld Series and any other movies and or shows he is in. if you like Rip Torn. then see or get Men in Black, Freddy Got Fingered, and other movies

see this movie

it really is affectionate and interesting

this will still be a classic romantic comedy just like Grease is and always will be
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pumpkin Boy January 27, 2009
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The clever TRIAL AND ERROR (1997) stars Jeff Daniels as an attorney who's recently made partner at his prestigious L.A. law firm. Set to marry the boss's daughter in just a few days, Daniels is sent to a tiny Nevada town to request a continuance in a fraud case. His firm's client (Rip Torn) is charged with selling to 65 people "engraved portraits of President Lincoln" which are nothing more than shiny new pennies!

Daniels arrives in town to find his best friend (Michael Richards) has organized a surprise bachelor party for him. After drinking too much, Daniels says the wrong thing ("I'm an attorney") to a couple of guys and he gets knocked cold. He's given painkillers and is supposed to take one every three hours but mistakenly takes three every hour.

By morning, Daniels is too bombed to appear in court. When he passes out and can't be revived, Richards, an out of work actor, does what he thinks is a "walk-on." He pretends to be the lawyer and asks for a continuance but the prosecutor (Jessica Steen) demands that the trial go forward. So now Richards is trapped and must continue the charade of being Torn's attorney.

This is a very humorous movie, with great rapport between Daniels and Richards, Richards and Steen and Daniels and Charlize Theron, who plays a waitress that Jeff falls in love with.

Best of all however is Austin Pendleton, the judge. He steals every scene he's in and gets the film's biggest laugh.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An amusing movie October 2, 2005
Looking for an escape? Trail and Error is a lighthearted fun movie. The whole cast does a creditable job and Charlize Theron (in one of her earlier movies) is delightful

What a movie without a socialogical or some deep seated message. This is one. No message, just fun
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars WORKS BETTER AS A ROMANCE. January 23, 2002
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Most of the best moments in "Trial And Error" involve the more romantic side of the movie. It doesn't do nearly as well when it tries to be funny. Too much emphasis is put on Michael Richards being goofy and stumbling all over the place. The plot involves a lawyer (Jeff Daniels) who has his bachelor party the night before he has to appear in court. Unfortunately, he ends up drunk and in a bar fight. He is then unable to represent his client due to a combination of a horrible hangover and a bunch of pills he took to try and feel better. His friend (Michael Richards), an actor, poses as a lawyer and asks for a continuance of the case. His motion is denied and the film relies on the old "fish out of water" routine to draw laughs. The actor has to keep pretending to be the actual lawyer for the case and is forced into a trial situation. Richards does a slight variation of his "Seinfeld" character and bumbles his way through the movie. It's okay but nothing that hasn't been seen before. Daniels plays the same ol' smug loser that he usually plays. This movie is completely stolen by the women. Charlize Theron is simply charming as a local waitress who falls for the engaged Daniels. She really lights up the screen and makes the viewer truly care about what happens to her. Jennifer Coolidge plays a witness during the trial and she was given the funniest lines in the script. Her testimony provides several laugh out loud moments. "Trial And Error" focused too much on a one-joke plot about an actor having to pretend to be an attorney and it loses its novelty early. Luckily, the romantic side story helps keep the viewer interested and Coolidge makes things fun in the courtroom. Overall, a pleasant movie to help pass a couple of hours that leaves you feeling good at the end.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great unknown film.
Published 24 days ago by Mark
4.0 out of 5 stars ... thought much of Michael as an actor but I liked him in this
Never thought much of Michael as an actor but I liked him in this one
Published 24 days ago by Kent Busch
3.0 out of 5 stars Like "My Cousin Vinny," but not as good
Released in 1997, "Trial and Error" is a comedy/romance/court room movie in the manner of 1992's "My Cousin Vinny," although not nearly as good, but it's not... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Wuchak
5.0 out of 5 stars Trial and Error
An attorney is sent to a small town to defend a con artist in court. The attorney attends a party hosted by his friend and gets totally wasted. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mark J. House
3.0 out of 5 stars but I think My Cousin Vinny is far better.
I got this because an attorney friend of mine said it was the funniest comedic courtroom movie he had ever watched. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Vern S.
4.0 out of 5 stars A FUNNY FISH-OUT-OF-WATER MOVIE.
This is one of those fish-out-of-water films that I, personally, have always loved. Up until the very end, you're going to wonder how this actor (pretending to be a lawyer) is... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Steve Mann
5.0 out of 5 stars Kramer Lives On!
This was Richards first Big movie and he had the great Jeff Daniels in it as his sidekick and the gorgeous blonde before she
became a hot sex symbol and ruined herself and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bela
3.0 out of 5 stars Michael Richard was made for the role of Kramer, ...
Michael Richard was made for the role of Kramer, who was one crazy dude. This was dissappointing to me, as I could not relate to his playing a different character.
Published 3 months ago by just my opinion
4.0 out of 5 stars No errors here!
Very funny and biting humor--Jeff Daniels proves he can be better than Dumb and Dumber, and Michael Richards can always be counted on to draw plenty of belly laughs. Read more
Published 6 months ago by J.Patrick Doyle
4.0 out of 5 stars review
The movie is very funny. Arrived Ok. There were a few scences and some language that could have been left out but otherwise Ok
Published 11 months ago by Jim C Kemp
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