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Parents' Guide to

...And Justice for All

By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

'70s courtroom drama has swearing, violence, sex.

Movie R 1979 119 minutes
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This slightly chaotic judicial drama might lack the neatness of other movies in the genre or the realism of other movies from the same era. But …And Justice for All remains an ambitious attempt to show how authority figures both struggle against and manipulate a flawed legal system. Pacino does a dependable job as courageous everyman Kirkland, revisiting the kind of role he was able to explore with greater nuance in Serpico. He's also able to raise the roof and the volume in the movie's more combustible moments without wildly overacting, which is where several of his co-stars come unstuck.

The "main" plot line revolving around Kirkland being forced to defend the monstrous Judge Fleming (John Forsythe) gets slightly buried in the melee, but does fuel the fire of Kirkland's discontent. This drives ...And Justice for All toward a final act that makes no attempt to hide the irony of its title. While undercut slightly by some misjudged comedic scenes along the way, this is still one for Pacino completists to tick off their watch lists.

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