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Rated R · 119 minutes · 2011

Mystery, Thriller
Well-written, appropriately sour modern crime story shows what happens when a wheeling-dealing Los Angeles criminal-case attorney (Matthew McConaughey) lets himself get talked into defending a diabolical client — a rich, arrogant playboy (Ryan Phillippe) charged with raping and beating a prostitute. Michael Connelly's novel is in good hands. Director Brad Furman (The Take) and screenwriter John Romano capture the LA jiffy-lube vibe in a bottle, with slick 'n' salty performances by a large cast of wisecrackers, including William H. Macy, Josh Lucas, Frances Fisher, Bob Gunton, John Leguizamo, and Marisa Tomei as the lawyer's ex-wife. (119 min.)
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Director: Brad Furman
Producer: Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, Sidney Kimmel, Richard Wright, Scott Steindorff, Eric Reid, David Kern and Bruce Toll
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe, Josh Lucas, William Macy, John Leguizamo, Michael Peña, Bob Gunton, Frances Fisher, Bryan Cranston, Trace Adkins, Laurence Mason, Margarita Levieva, Pell James, Shea Whigham, Katherine Moennig, Michael Paré, Michaela Conlin and Mackenzie Aladjem


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