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Just a quick movie note this Friday…

The Judge is one of those movies that seems like it comes out of the John Grisham school of courtroom dramas, except that the plotting is not nearly as tight and the narrative is not nearly as strong. It has plot holes you could drive a truck through, and at 2 hours and 21 minutes, feels about a half-hour too long.

That said … The Judge - which is about a high powered Chicago defense attorney who returns to his Indiana hometown to defend his estranged father, a judge who has been accused of murder - sort of works because the two lead actors, Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, bring a high degree of professionalism to their roles, creating actual characters with inner lives where lesser performers would have been hurt of the lack of subtlety in the writing. (I also liked Vera Farmiga in a supporting role with a surprising character twist.)

That's a pretty good business lesson, by the way - that great performers can make even a flawed concept work … though a flawed concept can only go so far before the flaws make it fall apart.

I'd wait for it to be available for home viewing, if I were you. It isn't bad, but there are better ways to spend an evening.

That's it for this week … Have a great weekend.

See you Monday.

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