Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Client (3rd time?)

A young boy who witnessed the suicide of a mafia lawyer hires an attorney to protect him when the district attorney tries to use him to take down a mob family. [imdb]

Nominated for 1 Oscar:

Best Actress: Susan Sarandon

First of all, I need to say I really like the poster of this film, which is relevant, classy and just looks so damn fine. Growing up, I saw it a lot on the cover of the Grisham novel and it's a special one for me. Moving to the film itself, it does feel weaker with every viewing. My biggest problem with it is the screenplay.
Of course, The Client was meant to be a box office hit and it really was. While the screenplay is ok, there are many convenient solutions or circumstances that just kill some of the story's believability. It is entertaining and easy to watch, but it could've been taken to another level. Not to mention those mafia guys: some of the most clicheed portrayals and really bad casting.
On the good side, there's the acting of the 2 leading characters. Susan Sarandon does a fine job with what the screenplay has to offer and she feels right for the part. The revelation is of course Brad Renfro, who feels trashy enough for part, looks good enough for a child lead and always stays in character. [I wanted to write here about how this role changed his life and how he would probably still be alive, had it not been for his Hollywood career. But such things of destiny happen all the time, to everybody, every minute].
My rating for the film: 7/10. I am surprised that Mary-Louise Parker didn't receive a Razzie nomination for her embarassing performance as the mother.


  1. Higher then I expected from your review.

  2. well, it IS enjoyable.
    and i keep getting tricked by happy endings lately.

  3. Hee, this was my first Grisham novel and I do have a sentimental feeling towards it, I'll expound more on my thought on Susan on the other blog whenever but I think it went more right than wrong especially when I consider The Firm and The Pelican Brief and how star power completely destroyed the little goodness in the plots for those films.

    And thinking about Brad Renfro does make me a little sad.

  4. you're SO right about Mary Louise Parker! I love her, but she was laughable in her scenes