What You Need To Know:
(R, LLL, VV, A, D, M) Heroic romanticism; 89 obscenities, 23 profanities & 10-15 vulgarities; moderate violence--off-screen suicide with gun, mob killer chases boy & threatens with knife, brief gunfire; brief alcohol & drug abuse in attempted suicide, & young boys smoke cigarettes; and, brief glimpse of maggots in body bag.
In the film version of the latest John Grisham best-seller, THE CLIENT, starring Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones, Mark and Ricky Swaye could not foresee how their lives would be dramatically and irreversibly changed that hot summer morning in Memphis, Tennessee, when they sneaked down by the river to smoke cigarettes. By day’s end, however, little brother Ricky lay motionless in a coma and 11-year-old Mark finds himself in need of a good attorney. His picture flooding the papers and his family surrounded by police who believe he has information about a murder, Mark enlists the services of Reggie Love, Attorney at Law. A wise move, as it turns out, because heading up the investigation is U.S. Attorney “Reverend” Roy Foltrigg, a flamboyant and ambitious man not to be taken lightly.
There is no real mystery in THE CLIENT, as the facts unfold along with the story. Mark knows everything (therefore, so does the audience), and that is why he is in danger. However, a substantial amount of suspense and intrigue should keep adult audiences motivated until the very end of the film. Acting performances are excellent, and with no sex or nudity, and violence appropriate to the story, an over-abundance of offensive language is the only negative in THE CLIENT, an otherwise well-made, interesting and enjoyable film.