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Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Roman J. Israel, Esq.
  • PG-13
  • 2h 2m
  • 2017
Common Sense Media Iconage 13+
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Roman J. Israel, Esq. is a dramatic thriller set in the overburdened Los Angeles criminal court system. Denzel Washington stars as a driven, idealistic defense attorney whose life is disrupted when a turbulent series of events challenge the activism that has defined his career. Colin Farrell costars as the ambitious, monied lawyer who recruits Roman to his firm.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Intriguing yet heavy-handed, Roman J. Israel, Esq. makes the most of -- but never quite lives up to -- Denzel Washington's magnetic performance in the title role.
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Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media Iconage 13+
Common Sense Says
Strong performances, but inconsistent and unsatisfying.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Roman J. Israel, Esq. is a drama about a troubled lawyer (Denzel Washington) who's suddenly uprooted when his longtime partner has a heart attack. Language is strong (a use of "f--k," plus "a--hole," "bitch," etc.) but not frequent. The main character is brutally mugged in one scene, there are verbal confrontations and descriptions of violence, and a homeless person appears to be dead. Social drinking (beer and wine) is shown, and a character jokes about how drinking helps make things easier. Sex isn't an issue; there's a small, affectionate kiss between a man and a woman. While the movie isn't particularly edgy or iffy, it's doubtful that younger viewers -- even teens -- will be very interested. Even for adults, it's a somewhat puzzling experience due to unsatisfying character arcs.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:November 17, 2017
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:No
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