Parents' Guide to

The Client

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Plucky, terrorized boy at heart of legal thriller.

Movie PG-13 1994 121 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 14+


We gave it a try and were quickly embarrassed as the movie starts with a string of profanities from the mouths of adults and children alike. We hoped it would get better, but it does not. Violence was very difficult, too, as it deals with suicide and children in life/death situations.

This title has:

Too much swearing
age 11+

Very Good book, Very Good Movie, Prepare for language!

This movie is based on John Grisham's #1 best-selling novel. The content is a little bit rocky. Typical moderate words (sh-t, b---h, ba----d, a--, go------t) are used throughout. Kids smoke and flashes middle finger. Perfect for Pre-teens to watch with parents!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (4):

A slick Hollywood entertainment, excitingly paced and well-acted throughout, The Client still paints a pretty dark world for the sympathetic young hero. It's also a strong debut role for ill-fated Brad Renfro. Both the "good" guys and the bad guys repeatedly gloat that Mark is helpless, poor white trash, with no connections or resources (or a father) to look after him in a predatory world.

There's a feminist sub-theme when Reggie comes through for Mark and his family (when a male lawyer failed to). The demure-seeming, small-time Reggie turns out to be the proverbial Steel Magnolia with a night-school law degree, far more compassionate about the innocent than the Bible-quoting Foltrigg.

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