After witnessing the suicide of a lawyer whose client is in the mob, 11-year-old Mark Sway (Brad Renfro) seeks the aid and protection of lawyer Reggie Love (Susan Sarandon), while federal prosecutor Roy Foltrigg (Tommy Lee Jones) hopes to use the boy to bring down a mob family. Sarandon earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance in this tense legal thriller based on the best seller by John Grisham.
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- Joel Schumacher
- This movie is
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1Subtitles
French, English, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; trailer.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that threats of violence and death, often directed against an 11-year-old boy, are constant here. The movie begins with him almost becoming a victim in a murder-suicide (showing how to rig up a car exhaust as a suicide device in the process). Young Mark is no angel, swearing at PG-13 level (as do most other characters) and smoking. Both Mark's family and Reggie's have been ruined by drinking and divorce.
- Sexual Content
- Not applicable
- A threatened murder-suicide, with a child as a potential victim. Shooting, and a tackle/beating, and one character blows his brains out (just offscreen). There's an arson fire and threats of stabbing and torture. Quick shot of a rotted corpse.
- Lots of the "s" word, plus "asshole," "bitch," "bastard," and "hell." Mark gives the bad guy the finger.
- Social Behavior
- Rebellious boy hero Mark is resourceful, and also ethical enough to try and stop a total stranger committing suicide. He still needs to be dissuaded from using violence as a solution in the end. Police officers and public prosecutors are portrayed as menacing or selfish characters who threaten Mark -- with the exception of the African American judge and Reggie, who is like a mother figure.
- Mostly local-color connections to Memphis and Elvis tourism, and the natural tie-in to John Grisham books.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Mark smokes cigarettes and "protectively" orders his little brother not to smoke more than one per day. Mark is asked if he does harder drugs. Statements of drug abuse in Reggie's past. Massive drinking by the suicidal lawyer.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it