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The Lincoln Lawyer | 2011 | R | - 6.7.5

When a lawyer (Matthew McConaughey) takes on a millionaire client (Ryan Phillippe), he and his investigator (William H. Macy) uncover more than just the crime. The lawyer then realizes that he has to ensure that he and his family (Marisa Tomei) are safe, while also protecting his law license. Also with Josh Lucas, John Leguizamo, Michael Peña and Bob Gunton. Directed by Brad Furman. [1:59]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A man and a woman kiss passionately, the man unzips the woman's skirt and the woman lifts up the man's shirt (we see his bare chest and the woman's cleavage); they continue to kiss passionately as the man lays the woman down on a bed, it is implied they have sex and are seen next morning lying side-by-side in bed (the man's bare chest is visible and the woman is wearing a lingerie style nightgown).
 A group of women are seen parading in front of men while wearing lingerie (cleavage and bare torsos are visible) as we hear that the women are prostitutes. We see a woman wearing a bra and a short, lace skirt dancing suggestively on a man's lap, with her cleavage in his face, and they have a discussion where he asks her how much it would cost for him to buy her as a prostitute.
 A man tells a filled courtroom that he had paid a woman for sex, and then describes how the woman was "fulfilled" after he had sex with her. A man crudely tells another man how he had sex with a woman for money, then described how he had wiped his genitals on a towel that was later found with seminal fluid on it. On multiple occasions we hear men and women discussing how a woman is a prostitute, as well as a woman discussing in a crowded courtroom that she has sex for money. A woman angrily asks a man if he was just trying to "get in her pants." A woman tells a man that she had a male client after the man asks the woman if she had been arrested for prostitution. A man jokingly asks another man, "How's it hanging?" and the man responds, "Slightly to the left."
 We see a man pulling up his pants (no nudity is visible).


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VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A man shoves his way through a doorway, hitting a woman in the face with the door, he grabs her hair, slams her face against a mirror (the mirror shatters and covers her with broken pieces), he then grabs the woman, slams her to the ground and we hear that the man then stabbed the woman 52 times and raped her (we see blood covering the woman's shirt and we see the woman's dead body as a silhouette of the man is seen stabbing her).
 A man slams a door in a woman's face, grabs her by the hair, slams her face into a wall, she falls to the ground as the man tries to hit her, she climbs up a set of stairs, he drags her down (her face bounces on the stairs) and he's seen standing behind her with a knife against her neck; the woman kicks the man in the crotch, he steps back as the woman smashes a bottle over his head and he falls to the ground (we hear that he tried to rape her).
 Several men approach another man, they begin breaking the windows of his car with baseball bats, one man hits the man in the back with a baseball bat, and he is surrounded by the other men, who knock him to the ground and continue beating him repeatedly with baseball bats (we see no blood).
 A man discovers a woman that had broken into his house, the woman shoots the man in the arm, he falls to the ground and shoots the woman once in the chest; her body hits the ground and the man is later seen with his arm in a sling, but otherwise unharmed and it is implied that the woman died.
 A man enters a woman's house, she smashes a bottle over his head, he passes out and we see two men sitting on top of his chest as he awakens and we see that the woman's face had been beaten (there's a small cut on her forehead that's bleeding, blood is coming from her nose and she has a back eye).
 A man shoves another man against a wall, he shouts at the man, asking if he had helped another man commit a murder and the man pinned against the wall struggles. A man grabs another man by the arm, pulls him abruptly and says he is being arrested for murdering a woman.
 Several intimidating looking men riding motorcycles surround a man's car, the car pulls over and the men approach the car and have a discussion with the man. A man threatens another man that he will shoot him if he does not leave his family alone (we see the man put his hand on a handgun); the man tells him to go ahead and shoot him, the man drops his gun and the other man walks away. A man makes a vague threat to another man, and the man responds that he should not threaten him or his family. A man threatens to beat up another man.
 A man examines photographs of a dead woman covered in knife wounds, small wounds are seen covering her body (we see the punctures but no blood) and her face appears to have been beaten (a small amount of blood is seen coming from her nose and around her mouth). On multiple occasions we see a photograph of a woman, her face bloody and bruised and with a small drip of blood coming from her nose. A man examines a photograph of a woman: her face is bloody, she has a black eye and blood is coming from her nose; we also see an enlarged version of the same photograph in a courtroom, being examined by several men and women. We see multiple photographs of two knives, and one knife, covered in blood, is seen on multiple occasions.
 A woman tells a man that another man had been shot and we see the body lying facedown on the ground with a small amount of blood pooled next to his head. A man watching another man being beaten instructs the attackers: "Hospital, not morgue." A man points to an enlarged photograph of a woman (there's a small cut on her forehead, blood from her nose and she has a back eye) and asks a man if he had caused the injuries; the man denies it in a courtroom.
 A man shouts and throws a box across a room angrily. A man shouts at another man. A man punches a wall (he is unharmed). A man playfully punches another man on the chin.
 A man tells another man that he had killed a woman. A woman tells a man that she had shot and killed another man. A police officer asks a man why he had not reported a gun stolen. Two men discuss how a man had possibly beaten a woman. A man tells three men that he had not beaten a woman and had not raped her. A man tells a crowded courtroom that another man had told him he had beaten and killed a woman and was not caught for the murder. A man tells another man that he had defended a client that had killed his wife and cut off her head and put it in the freezer. A man tells another man that his mother had been robbed and raped. A woman tells a crowded courtroom that she had been raped and robbed and that her son had found her tied up. A woman explains to a police officer that she had felt like she was going to be raped by a man, and that he was going to "hunt her down" and rape her again. A man tells a crowded courtroom that a man's testimony had helped convict another man of raping a 10-year-old girl. A man explains that another man had been arrested and had a woman's blood on his hand (we do not see the blood). We hear that a man had been arrested for beating a woman, and that he was being charged with assault with a deadly weapon. A man jokes to another man that, "You're no one until someone shoots you." Two men discuss hypothetically how they could jump from a tall building to commit suicide and one of the men jokes that the other is too self-absorbed to kill himself. A man half-jokingly asks another man if he is "dying the death of a thousand razors" and the man later jokingly agrees. A woman jokes with a man, saying they had "swapped spit" before. A man tells a crowded courtroom that he had been hit on the head by a woman and had passed out and later awoke to find himself pinned by two men and then arrested.
 A man discovers another man sitting in his house after presumably breaking and entering. A man drives erratically down a street and we hear other cars honk as he passes them.
 A man is seen in a bathroom -- the faint sound of urinating is heard followed by the man zipping up his pants.


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LANGUAGE 5 - About 3 F-words and its derivatives, 15 sexual references, 18 scatological terms, 11 anatomical terms, 22 mild obscenities, 3 derogatory terms for homosexuals, name-calling (scum, jailhouse snitch, dirtbag, predator, sick, lowlife, snitch, animal, freak, depraved, messed up), 4 religious profanities, 5 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - Throughout the movie a man drinks liquor and beer and on multiple occasions he's inebriated (he must be driven home from a bar twice), men and women drink alcohol at bars, a woman acts intoxicated and offers a man a drink of her beer, we see bottles of liquor and beer at a bar and a man frequently drinks from bottles of liquor in his home. A man smokes a cigarette, a man discusses how he and another man had spoken about smoking cigarettes, and a man suggests that another man and a woman had been going outside "for a cigarette." A woman is identified as being arrested for possession of cocaine, a woman tells a man that she had been paid for sex in cocaine, a man tells another man that a person had been arrested for having "50 kilos" (presumably of drugs), a man implies that another man had been arrested for growing marijuana, we hear discussions of men and women being arrested for drugs and drug possession on multiple occasions, a man asks another man about his previous arrest for drug possession, a man jokes that he cannot remember an event because he was "high most of the year" and a man pours a few pills from a bottle into his mouth (it appears that they are antacids).


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Attorney-client privileges, revenge, murder, getting away with murder, wrongly accused of a crime, San Quentin Prison, plea bargains, death penalty, perjury, directive verdict, rape.

MESSAGE - Some people do bad things, and hopefully lawyers and the court system will bring them to justice.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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