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Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders

By Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

The 'Law & Order' formula gets an OK true-crime makeover.

Movie NR 2017 344 minutes
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Comparisons to 2016's The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story are inevitable, what with the 1990s backdrop and the strong female attorney character with a tight corkscrew perm. While that FX series may have provided a blueprint of sorts, this show hews closer to the traditional Law & Order format, complete with the iconic "dun-dun" sounds and a team of persistent cops trying their best to unearth the facts while an impatient district attorney breathes down their necks.

The cast is doing impressive work here, with Edie Falco's intelligent and confident performance being a real standout. Josh Charles is also excellent, striking a good balance between slimy and scared -- while Sam Jaeger's detective role is played delightfully no-nonsense and wry. Chris Bauer (True Blood, The Wire) also has a nice supporting turn as Abramson's put-upon husband. While we all may know how this case ended, the strong acting and comfortably familiar format keep this show from feeling too redundant and make it worth checking out.

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