Robert Downey Jr. plays an urban lawyer who heads back to his rural home when his father, a judge, is implicated as a murder suspect in this comedy-drama from Warner Bros. Vera Farmiga, Robert Duvall, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Billy Bob Thornton head up the rest of the starring cast.~Jeremy Wheeler
Commentary by David Dobkin
Getting Deep with Dax Shepard
Dax Shepard sits down for an unusual, candid, off the wall interview with Robert Downey Jr., Billy Bob Thornton and Vincent D'Onofrio
Inside The Judge: Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Director David Dobkin and the rest of the film's celebrated cast take you into the process of creating a dysfunctional family on and off camera
I watched The Judge, starring Robert Duval and Robert Downey, Jr., and Viincent D'Onofrio (who hardly looks like Downey's brother, but plays the role great anyway!) I really wanted to see it when it came out, but I was on the road, and I bought it when it came out last week. It was a very intense psychological movie, about a high-powered lawyer who grew up with a very abrasive relationship with his father, the Judge; he has stayed away from the family and the home town for over 20 years, but goes back when his mother dies, then quickly returns when his father, the Judge, is charged with murder. . .a hit and run accident that the Judge doesn't even remember! Very very good story; excellent acting jobs especially by the 3 principles, as well as the other supporting actors. Highly recommended. No action, no chases, just pure drama. Robert Duval has been nominated as best supporting actor for every group that hands out awards, and has won it for a couple of them. I would like to see awards for Robert Downey, Jr. and Best Picture, but with no special effects or extra glory or stuff, people aren't interested enough. Highly recommended!
Really loved this movie great acting performances if you haven’t seen this pick it up it’s woth seeing
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
a star vehicle for two very fine actors
THE JUDGE had to have been written with Downey, Jr and Duvall in mind, because the characters fit the actors like racing gloves. Added to the oft told story of rocky son-father reconcialliations is the matter of infirmity in old age, grinding down a once mighty patriarch. Even though Duvall's performance has righfully garnered critical praise and awards attention, don't think for one moment that Downey, Jr isn't acting up his own storm, to go toe-to-toe in every scene with Duvall. Realistic family dynamics and the details of (cantankerous) elder care, in the moment, more than makes up for any supposed lack of pedantic "character development." Take this film in as a richly layered sliceof-life and you will get what makes it so moving.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Tense drama from Legends
Generations and old wounds are in tension as a successful son/lawyer learns more about legal problems for his father/judge, (for whom he has low regard). As the son's personal life and marriage are in turmoil, he is pulled into supporting his father about whom he has doubts, especially in regard to their relationship. Duvall is a crusty senior citizen used to being in charge but now he is in need of assistance and support from an estranged son, but he struggles to ask for the help he needs. This story leads us to explore parent-child relationships, the mysteries and challenges of aging, of coming of age, and returning to your home town and the people you left behind. As with most Duvall and Downey, Jr. films, this film addresses the gritty and seamier side of life and family relationships. There are no easy answers and provides a challenging journey as the story and sub plots unfold. Well worth the viewing with careful attention to the various relationships and plots.
This is a strong unique character-driven story of a dysfunctional family that is coupled by marvelous character chemistry throughout the entire cast. This is a highly realistic movie about a scared families emotional relationships that is superbly acted and gets even more complicated as the plot progresses. It’s a heart wrenching story that will emotionally connect and touch the audience. The two primary plot characters have a lot of baggage to deal with and they continue to complicate their issues which adds to the attention holding factor of the movie – it’s simply great entertainment.