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JOHN Q. (2002) The subject of corporate medical injustice is overdue for a good honest muckraker, but Nick Cassavetes' movie doesn't explore injustice -- it exploits it. Informed… 2002-02-15 PG-13 PT100M Drama Mystery and Thriller Denzel Washington Robert Duvall Kimberly Elise Eddie Griffin Anne Heche Ray Liotta New Line Cinema
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JOHN Q. (2002)

MPAA Rating: PG-13

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EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: Feb 15, 2002; Rated: PG-13; Length: 100 Minutes; Genres: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; With: Denzel Washington; Distributor: New Line Cinema

The subject of corporate medical injustice is overdue for a good honest muckraker, but Nick Cassavetes' movie doesn't explore injustice -- it exploits it. Informed that his company insurance plan won't cover a heart transplant for his son, John Q. Archibald (Denzel Washington) is forced to come up with $250,000. Unable to pay, he takes everyone in the emergency room hostage. Cassavetes thinks he's making Dog Day Afternoon with a cause, but the movie is a shrill, didactic cartoon. Anne Heche plays the head administrator as a particularly clipped breed of fascist android, and James Woods, as a heart surgeon, looks and sounds about as compassionate as a man ordering a lap dance.

Originally posted Mar 08, 2002 Published in issue #643 Mar 08, 2002 Order article reprints