"A New Prodigal Son Story"
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THE JUDGE is a prodigal son story. The movie has a strong redemptive, moral worldview. Robert Downey, Jr.’s character reconciles with his father and becomes a better father. Robert Duvall's character says he believes in God, although he says he has no choice. However, Downey's character is a womanizer and lets his marriage fail. The movie also has plenty of strong foul language. That said, THE JUDGE is a very well made movie. The cinematography is wonderful. The acting is incredibly well done. Extreme caution is advised for this excellent movie, THE JUDGE.
(CC, BB, Pa, LLL, V, S, N, AA, MM) Strong Christian or redemptive, moral worldview of sacrifice, reconciliation, forgiveness though not stated, implied, sign of the cross, with some immoral pagan worldview elements, such as man is known to sleep with multiple women and not work on his marriage; about 51 obscenities (half are “f” words) and 18 profanities, plus vomiting; violence includes man hits man, pushing, loud verbal fighting, it’s implied car hits man; sexual content includes heavy kissing which intended to lead to fornication but stops, man kisses niece but doesn’t know they’re related, man known to be a player with women; upper male nudity; drinking and drunkenness; no smoking or drug use; and, divorce and man becomes a better father but has neglected his child for some time.
THE JUDGE is a powerful movie starring Robert Duvall and Robert Downey Jr as a father and son finally having to reconcile. THE JUDGE has a strong redemptive, moral worldview, but does have some elements requiring extreme caution.
Robert Downey, Jr., plays Hank Palmer, a defense attorney willing to defend the worst of people. When Hank is in court, he gets a call saying his mother passed away. Leaving the courtroom, Hank decides to delay the trail and return to his hometown in Indiana for the funeral. As he leaves, he and his wife argue over a divorce, with her saying he’s never there for her or their child. Hank walks away and flies to Indiana.
At the visitation, Hank sees his mentally disabled brother, Dale, who greets him with an old video camera and his older brother, Glen. Almost immediately after Hank walks into his childhood home, his father, who is called the Judge, chastises him about how he parked his car.
Clearly, Hank and his father don’t get along. Complications occur, and Hank has to put aside what has happened in the past and reconcile with his father. Not only that, Hank must support his father in the hardest of times, including a murder trial. Will the two put their differences behind them in order to save the family?
THE JUDGE is a prodigal son story. Though it has no scripture, the movie has a strong redemptive, moral worldview. Robert Downey, Jr.’s character reconciles with his father and becomes a better father himself. Robert Duvall’s character says he believes in God, although he says he has no choice. However, there are some elements that are not to be commended, such as Downey’s character is a womanizer and lets his marriage fall apart. Moreover, there’s a lot of strong foul language, including many “f” words.
THE JUDGE is a very well produced movie. The cinematography is wonderful, and the acting is incredibly well done. There are some hard scenes between Downey and Duvall, but they are executed extremely well. Overall, THE JUDGE is a heavy movie but very well made and very entertaining.