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      Trial and Error

      1997, Comedy, 1h 38m

      36 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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      Trial and Error gets some laughs out of the comedic chemistry between its pleasantly mismatched leads, although the results are still somewhat less than memorable. Read critic reviews

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      Movie Info

      Lawyer Charlie (Jeff Daniels) is sent by his boss (Lawrence Pressman) to a small Nevada town to file a continuance request for mail-order con man Benjamin Gibbs (Rip Torn). Charlie's actor friend, Richard (Michael Richards), turns up to throw a surprise bachelor party celebrating Charlie's upcoming marriage to the boss's daughter (Alexandra Wentworth). When Charlie is too hung over to make it to court for the hearing, Richard fills in -- and must continue impersonating him for the whole trial.

      • Rating: PG-13

      • Genre: Comedy

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Jonathan Lynn

      • Producer: Jonathan Lynn, Gary Ross

      • Writer: Sara Bernstein, Gregory Bernstein, Cliff Gardner

      • Release Date (Theaters):  original

      • Release Date (DVD):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $13.6M

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: New Line Cinema

      • Production Co: New Line Cinema

      • Sound Mix: Surround, Dolby Digital, SDDS

      • Aspect Ratio: 35mm, Scope (2.35:1)

      Cast & Crew

      Michael Richards
      Jeff Daniels
      Jessica Steen
      Austin Pendleton
      Rip Torn
      Ali Wentworth
      Jennifer Coolidge
      Dale Dye
      Max Casella
      Allen Alsobrook
      Mary Parent
      Gary Ross
      Phil Marshall
      Gabriel Beristain
      Tony Lombardo
      Victoria Paul
      Philip Messina
      Kathe Klopp
      Shay Cunliffe

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      • Jul 09, 2011

        considering all the talent this project had to offer its a shame nothing really comes together. the main issues are the mismatched pairing of Richards & Daniels which doesn't work. Richards doesn't really offer the humour he does from Seinfeld which is why this film stayed off everyones rader back on its release. Daniels has proven he is capable of comedy roles but he is unable to inject anything remotely resembling a likable character. Theron is quite good in a thankless role but allows Daniels to share some meaningful screen time with. I really wanted to like this film but it is poorly directed and the jokes miss more then they hit.

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      • Oct 21, 2009

        This was pretty funny,very predictable but a fun movie to watch.Michael Richards was awesome in this.overall worth the rent

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      • May 22, 2009

        Very funny. Espicially since Michael Richards was in it.

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      • Dec 14, 2008

        Okay comedy with a witty title. Jeff Daniels and Michael Richards make a good mismatched-buddy team, and to his credit after the first 15 minutes Richards manages to inhabit his character without too many reminders of Kramer. Charlize Theron is very winning in an early supporting role as Daniels' love interest. Seems they forgot this was a comedy after an hour, instead adding an ill-advised romance between Richards and Jessica Steen who actually provides a worthy adversary. Final verdict: with plenty of opportunities for satire or slapstick available, it should have been funnier.

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