Video Review

Class Action (1991)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
B

Details Movie Rated: R; Genres: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; With: Gene Hackman and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio; Distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

In Class Action, in a suit against a major auto company, a famous crusading civil rights lawyer (Gene Hackman) goes up against his estranged daughter (Robin Hood's Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), an ambitious, smart, insecure associate at a big corporate law firm. Emotionally, this is twisty and painful stuff, at times a touch tearful, and veneered with a too-slick Hollywood gloss. As usual, though, Hackman is reliable, committed, and self-effacingly effective, and there are much worse ways to spend time than gazing at Mastrantonio. With a generally intelligent, funny script and an attention-gripping story, Class Action is the video equivalent of a good read. B

Originally posted Oct 25, 1991 Published in issue #89 Oct 25, 1991 Order article reprints
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