Michael Richards, of course, is known around the world for his role of Kramer, in the hugely successful, and now retired, "Seinfeld". On the television show, he is a clumsy, idiotic, and a little too logical of person, and seeing him in anything else, the same kind of character personality s expected. Trial and Error does deliver Kramer's eccentric personality in the from of an out-of-work lawyer, and Richards is just as clumsy, just as stupid, and just as hilarious. There is no doubt the script was written for him.
Jeff Daniels is the perfect contrast. Cool, suave, and basically normal, he serves up the best opposite to Richards that one could think. His facial expressions and acting skills really work in the simple and pleasing Trial and Error. He's funny in a completely different way than Richards, and whichever type of character one prefers, they have two good picks.
Trial and Error is not a non-stop laughing ride, but it does serve a series of laughs throughout the film. Like most romantic comedies, the pressure builds until everything falls apart at the seams, and the characters are stuck in one predicament after another. Both Daniels and Richards are excellent in the courtroom, even if Daniels has to fall through ceilings to get there.
That brings up the one low point of the movie. While its comical, would Daniels really climb through the ventilation system just to get through one tiny case? Would he use a form of morse code by honking his horn in the parking lot to tell Richards what to say? Would he even consider drinking the night before a case? This are just points that one should think about.
Last but not least, the other high point is in Charlize Theron. She's smart, sexy, and extremely beautiful, and a good asset to the film. She serves as the controversial love in Charles' life, and of course adds some suspense to the end of the film when Charles upcoming wife appears.
Trial and Error is a pretty mindless comedy, but it has a lot of laughs. Daniels and Richards work well together, and hopefully they'll do another project in the future.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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