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Watch: First Trailer For 'The Judge' Starring Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall And Vera Farmiga

by Kevin Jagernauth
June 19, 2014 9:06 PM
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"Well, I know it's going to happen," Robert Downey Jr. said last year about his chances of eventually winning an Oscar. "I, personally, would be shocked if we went to the end of the tape now and I didn't have at least one....Because I'm young enough, and I'm running down being occupied with these kind of genre movies, close enough. Even the next thing ['The Judge'] we're doing with the missus, I'm so confident about it. It's the best script the studio has; it's the best thing I've read in years." So, will this film bring RDJ the Oscar gold he's chasing?

Well, the first trailer for the film has arrived and it's swinging for the fences. David Dobkin ("Wedding Crashers") directs this one that presents a hodge podge of genres, following a slick, unlikeable, big city lawyer, who has to return home for the funeral of his mother, only to find out his father is accused of murdering her. So, father/son drama, procedural and heartwarming dramedy all at once? Kinda seems that way, and it'll be a tricky balance of tones to pull off. That said, the supporting cast, which includes Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga and Billy Bob Thornton, couldn't be better.

"The Judge" arrives on October 10th. Watch below.

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  • Wilkov | June 21, 2014 6:20 PMReply

    Anyone know what the three songs they used in the trailer are?

  • rb | June 21, 2014 12:12 PMReply

    Looks like a winner to me.

  • Laurel | June 20, 2014 5:05 PMReply

    I saw this hyped on ET last night, with Oscar buzz already, but it reminds me of Absence of Malice or The Verdict, and those were made in 1981. I don't see this getting any nominations, it already looks dated and hokey. I love RDJ and Robert Duvall but this is not a movie I'm interested in seeing at all.

  • LA2000 | June 20, 2014 2:23 PMReply

    It might have been "Erin Brockovich" on the page, but then they picked a director.

    Looks plastic, glib, and lightweight across the board, right down to that precocious Disney pixie they cast as his daughter.

    Too bad. I'd be up to see the darker "Prisoners"/"Jagged Edge-y" drama depicted in the poster.

  • bohmer | June 20, 2014 11:44 AMReply

    Swinging for the middle age men with daddy issues awards.

  • alex | June 20, 2014 9:07 AMReply

    So I see the poster first and think: "Oh cool, Robert Downey Jr. is doing a serious thriller/drama." Then I watched the trailer (without reading anything you wrote) and I could not see the connection between that "serious" poster and the eye-roll-inducing-vanilla-inspirational-bs trailer. Skipping it!

  • Jimmy | June 20, 2014 7:27 AMReply

    Only problem with "swinging for the fences" here is that it's from the director of THE CHANGE-UP and FRED CLAUS.

  • eyefry | June 20, 2014 12:18 AMReply

    It looks like an okay movie. It's a shame that it's been given such a schmaltzy trailer. I think it's time to outlaw this Magnetic Zeros-style many-indie-voices-singing-lalala-in-an-inspirational-crescendo death knell. It's sent too many movies of average health to a premature grave.

  • BEF | June 19, 2014 11:04 PMReply

    Lord this is swinging for oscar feces

  • tom | June 19, 2014 10:47 PMReply

    Are you sure this isn't a Tropic Thunder 2 trailer?

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