(out of 5)
Matt Damon preceded his Good Will Hunting Oscar win with this unbalanced John Grisham adaptation about a young lawyer newly out of school. He takes on a David vs. Goliath case when he represents a seriously ill young man who has been mistreated by a giant medical company. Damon is appropriately innocent, fresh as a puppy and just as eager to please, but the subplot involving Claire Danes and abusive boyfriend Andrew Shue is ridiculous to the point of hilarity. Francis Ford Coppola directed both this ardent crowd-pleaser and Jack when his proposed project of bringing Jack Kerouac’s On The Road fell through. Look for Roy Scheider in a small role, wearing a really bad sweater.
Constellation Entertainment, Douglas/Reuther Productions, American Zoetrope
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Cinematography by John Toll
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Production Design by Howard Cummings
Costume Design by Aggie Guerard Rodgers