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Real Lawyer vs. Movie Lawyer | Lawyer Reacts to A Few Good Men, 12 Angry Men, & Erin Brockovich

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I get asked a lot about whether being a practicing attorney is like being a lawyer on TV. Like most people, I love watching legal movies and courtroom dramas. It's one of the reasons I decided to become a lawyer. But sometimes they make me want to pull my hair out because they are ridiculous. Today I'm taking a break from teaching law students how to kick ass in law school. This one is just for fun. In this video I tackle some of the most famous courtroom scenes in Hollywood history including A Few Good Men, 12 Angry Men, The Dark Knight, and Erin Brockovich. Great dramas, but BAD lawyering. They are preposterous, but I still love watching them. SUIT UP! Even if you're not a lawyer, you can still dress like one. All of my suits are from BlackLapel (I've used them exclusively for over five years). Their custom suits are amazing, yet still ridiculously affordable. HIGHLY recommended: https://go.magik.ly/ml/f78n/ (affiliate link, which helps out the channel) I hope this will be the first video in a series of "Lawyer Reacts" videos. There are a lot of portrayals of lawyers in the media including movies and TV -- and a lot of cringeworthy lawyering. Got a movie or TV show you'd like me to critique? Let me know in the comments! Special thanks to Dr. Mike for the idea for this video (https://www.youtube.com/doctor_mike) Check out his channel for his medical review of doctors in the media. ======================================================== If you're going to law school get our Ultimate Pre-Law Checklist (FREE) here ➜ https://www.legaleagleprep.com/prelaw Learn learn how to get ready for law school, the 5 things you must do the summer before law school, and more . . . ======================================================== ★ Got law school questions? Ask in the comments! ★ Say hi on Facebook: ➜ https://www.facebook.com/legaleaglereacts ★ Tweet at us on Twitter @LegalEagleDJ
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LegalEagle (1 month ago)
Check out the new Lawyer Reacts video where I take on Suits, Law & Order, and L.A. Law https://goo.gl/iaBZAL
Santiago Perez (8 days ago)
Could you react "to kill a mockingbird", my cousin Vinny, scent of a woman
TamHutchins (16 days ago)
+Kenny Craig Yes, actually they are very different. A military court has its own jurisdiction.
TorMazila (17 days ago)
You should review court trials in Ukraine, where a crowd of guys can make the judge do anything and the so-called "police" does nothing.
jstube36 (18 days ago)
@Kenny Craig. Those who serve in the Armed Forces are subject to the Uniform Code Of Military Justice(UCMJ). All service personnel have a right to a Court Martial to appeal any case. However every Serviceperson is also subject to civilian law when on Liberty/Leave.
Hamstrakt (18 days ago)
You should review Anatomy of A Murder.
Magnus Gudmundsson (2 hours ago)
14:53 "Another murderer used a simular...." Innocent until proven guilty....I ask the judge that the testimony be stricken from the records and the witness to stop jumping to conclusions. :P I demand a video of Jury Nullification as a price!
barrowsb (10 hours ago)
13:42 - -Henry, not Peter
Phatnaru0002 (12 hours ago)
Darn. I wanted to believe so bad that you did that.
Preston Hong (1 day ago)
Can you react to Thank You for Smoking?
IBOPhantom (1 day ago)
How about ted 2. How legit was the lawyering in that movie?
Olivia Kessler (1 day ago)
I have a question, if a lawyer knows a client is guilty, because the client admitted guilt, what is the lawyers obligation ethically? To still defend the clients or uphold the law? I’m talking about criminal cases of course.
Thomas Peaple (1 day ago)
Objection: I thought the whole point of And Justice For All is that he no longer cares if he gets disbarred essentially he no longer cares about legal consequences
Abit oftruth (2 days ago)
Objection! You said this real case (correct) took place in california; No, sir. It took place in upstate New York (but it was likely filmed, at least in part, in California. But the objection should be sustainted.
Abit oftruth (2 days ago)
Counselor, Objection: At approximately 5:30 in the tape, you say the argument would be "InTREgal"...(thankfully, you didn't make the more common error "Intrical"), but it is pronounced and spelled, as "InteGRAL", as in, an essential part of a whole.
Phil Barksdale (2 days ago)
That's Henry Fonda, not Peter Fonda.
art deco (2 days ago)
Question: In "...And Justice for All", after being disbarred and a mistrial has be declared, et cetera, et cetera, at the new trail could Arthur Kirkland (Al Pacino) be called as a witness against the defendant? Kirkland has photos of Judge Henry Fleming with prostitutes and more importantly has the Judge himself telling Arthur he (Fleming) did it.
Arcion (3 days ago)
Objection: This is JAG, not normal court.
AuburnRusk (3 days ago)
Definitely couldn't sneak a knife into a courtroom this days.
SkillGame (3 days ago)
Wow, I expected this channel to be goofy because of the thumbnails but curiosity finally won and I LOVE THIS! Learning so much, thanks :)
NunChuck Taylor (4 days ago)
Look at this fucking guy’s face. It’s exactly why you don’t trust lawyers.
jbee02 (4 days ago)
Lol I forgot how funny erin brockovich is. "I'm actually quite tired" he pulls a seat out for her.
k-KuN NaTSuMe (4 days ago)
Please react to legally blonde!!!!!!!thank you
Martin James (5 days ago)
Please do more devils advocate. All the court scenes. Please do A Time to Kill. Please do Sleepers.
Buffy8Fan (5 days ago)
If the jurist from 12 Angry Men hadn't had bought the knife, could he have been allowed to talk about the fact that he saw it in the store, or would that be against the rules as well.
Nohelia Alcala (6 days ago)
"So funny story, that actually happened to me in court and I also punched the witness..." Your face was demote of all emotion, I genuinely thought it happened for a straight second 😂😂 wow, 10/10 lawyer skills
rob rick (6 days ago)
He should react to Dredd. Video is gonna be 3 hours long.
kael koenig (6 days ago)
This guy got stoled and even with all this proofs he cant do anything. Nice justice those days https://www.reddit.com/r/Scams/comments/9oq70m/egb_betting_site_scandal_and_srilanka_scamer/
Pocky Rodgers (7 days ago)
Would any of the military aspects from a Few Good Men change any of the legal aspects?
Kickex Silver (7 days ago)
This is *fairly* entertaining
Please analice philadelphia 🙏🙏
Marcus Adams (7 days ago)
I liekd the analogy of snow for circumstantial evidence, you go to sleep it is cloudy out, you wake up the next morning and there is snow on the ground, that would be circumstantial evidence of the fact that it snowed while you sleep. It weirdly gets a bad rap.
Azmar (7 days ago)
I suggest Fracture and The Judge as two of the next movies to get lawyered.
Tyrant60 (7 days ago)
Kevin Bacon=Jack Nicholson?
Tyrant60 (7 days ago)
...Henry Fonda
Hannah O Sullivan (7 days ago)
This was so interesting re the class actions! Still so so much to learn, I just finished law school in Ireland!
Maya Maya (8 days ago)
oh my god- you really got me with the punching comment...
Matt Clark (8 days ago)
I want to see A Time to Kill in a video like this
Lindsey Summers (8 days ago)
Have you done a review of "A Time to Kill?" If not, would you consider doing so? How about "The Chamber," or "The Pelican Brief?"
Spanish Moustache (9 days ago)
Why courts use a person typing instead of someone recording the audio and saving it.
AUCase1974 (9 days ago)
Objection: That’s Henry Fonda not Peter Fonda
Elliott Barinberg (9 days ago)
Got a question for you. Non-lawyer here. Do the standard rules of Court apply to military court? I think I heard somewhere they have different practices from civilian courts?
unatikan (9 days ago)
u forget one huge fact that not civil court.yes its lot of nonsense but some of u saying too u ignore fact they are officers army.second 12 angry man ancient time and yes he is jury act like defender but becouse of his public defender didnt care didnt bother even.so his justice sense with he act like this.that wasnt kind of vigilitty.but all happen becouse of ancient time and bad system and bad defendeing.he point out lot of good point like witness hidding glass .lot of good aspect .same this way u know better then us at past specially lot of black and poor people goes prison.police didnt look up enougg public defender didnt care he lact of interest give up.and prosucter only care win.not who is guilty or not.thats why its good movie not great law system movie.
RLJ.251 (10 days ago)
Objection! After Al Pachino's outburst, and with the number of spectators in the court, would the court be able to find an impartial jury after the story got out? Or should the judge declare that that the charges be dismissed as the defendant would not be able to receive a fair trial in the future after his lawyers outburst?
Adaliz M. Colon (10 days ago)
I love Erin Brockovich so much. One of my favorite movies.
Dennizzz119 (10 days ago)
OBJECTION! Rebuttal only has 2 T's
Rowey (10 days ago)
He keeps saying "Kevin Bacon?"
lynninpain (11 days ago)
Omg! Red Letter Media, or more specifically "Mr. Plinkett", has ruined Kevin Bacon for me! So even though he's actually in the movie viewed here, the mere mention of his name makes me giggle! =D
Jer S (11 days ago)
I loved this video, FGM is one of my favorite movies in general and I can quote the entire final scene almost verbatim. Thank you for the assessment, you answered some of the questions I've always had. I do have a question if I may. What movie do you believe depicts the most realistic of all that you've seen and which do you feel is the most ludicrous? Thanks, look forward to watching more as I love learning about the aspects of law.
Les Haskell (11 days ago)
Hey. I'm not a law student, but where else will I get to hear someone say "obstreperous"? Actually, I'm a military history buff, so I'm always looking for historical accuracy in war movies. I also like knowing some science, law and legal procedures, and medicine in the other shows and movies I watch. So, here I am learning stuff.
Alex Stewart (11 days ago)
Arent military tribunals markedly different from civilian criminal trials or litigation's though?
Ken 202 (11 days ago)
Star trek: TNG, trail of DATA
sophydw (12 days ago)
Would really appreciate it if you went through legally blonde
Swampqween (12 days ago)
Can you react to broadchurch season 2 ?
Ben Scotti (13 days ago)
Objection - Henry Fonda*
rjtheripper931 (13 days ago)
you look like Ryan Reynolds. lol
Francie Brown (13 days ago)
Be interested in seeing you do "burden of truth" from cbc
Pee Bay (13 days ago)
Objection! The Few Good Men falls under UCMJ which is vastly different from the civilian courts in the States.
stargatefever (14 days ago)
In 12 Angry Men instead of bringing the knife in could he have just mention to the other guys hey look I've seen that knife before not far from the guy's house
Mara Henao (14 days ago)
QUESTION!!!! Why some courts allow for video broadcasting (like court tv) and some other courts don't and only have typers and sketchers as recording medium> Also, how does one go about becoming a court sketcher (I am myself interested) Also, btw, working on getting my court interpreting certification in philadelphia! wish me luck!!
xxxilva (14 days ago)
I’m crushing, I want to watch movies with him
徐蔚 (15 days ago)
pls do “Garrows Law Tales From The Old Bailey”
woscanl (15 days ago)
I came here to say, I rewatched the first 20 seconds of this video a half dozen times and have shown a few folks...it doesn't get old. Great channel, very interesting even for us non legal background folks, keep it up.
Lora Z (15 days ago)
Objection! Henry Fonda would have been strictly ordered by the judge in his instructions to not conduct his own investigation into the case. But you know what, thank goodness he did. Edit: 12 Angry Men is still a fabulous movie and you should all watch it.
MedievalMemory (15 days ago)
Please review "Reversal of Fortune!" (Alan Dershowtiz, Claus von Bulow)
rpm297 (15 days ago)
Did Christian Bale give you the go ahead to be Batman or...?
Helen Mattsson (15 days ago)
Can you do legally blonde?
Tony Campbell (16 days ago)
Very insightful and entertaining
sirhana (16 days ago)
Others countries laugh and make facepalm when watching lawyers, courts in movies... by America.
Keenan Cass (16 days ago)
All your videos are absolutely wonderful.
Elfos64 (16 days ago)
While it is more of a parody, think you can take a crack at the court scene from DreamWorks Bee Movie?
Unslaadahsil (16 days ago)
8:40 Objection! Military trials do not have a jury.
TamHutchins (16 days ago)
Mediators are the unsung heroes of civil law ⚖
TamHutchins (16 days ago)
It's a good thing that Al Pacino chose to be an actor and not an attorney 😉😉 Thank you for another great video! I appreciate all the time and effort you put into your content.
Minuet888 (16 days ago)
React to The Judge with Robert Downey Jr. And Robert Duvall
Hot Potato (16 days ago)
Hi LegalEagle, greetings from a foreign law student :) My question is, what is the practical/philosophical basis for categorizing certain type of evidence as direct vs circumstantial? More specifically, is it the power of conviction as to how directly it corresponds to the crime? And how come eye witness testimony is considered direct evidence (given that witness accounts can indeed be flawed), whereas DNA evidence has been categorized as circumstantial (when it is so specific)? To me that always seemed like a miscategorization of DNA evidence once it made its debut in courts.
Lauren Lucas (16 days ago)
React to Legally Blond!
WHITE NIGGER (16 days ago)
Are you well off?
Donna Lynn (16 days ago)
Objection! Jack Nicholsons character was NOT accused of a crime and was not on trial. He didn't believe ordering the code red was wrong at all so yes he would have admitted it. Remember he said "I'm being accused of a crime? I did it and I'll do it again." It was the 2 marines who were on trial. I don't believe for a minute that he would have allowed anyone to coach him before he went on the stand. He was so arrogant that he was almost a God that he knew everything.
tree (16 days ago)
Every time he says foundation I think of make up and now there is this image stuck in my head about lawyers doing each others make ups in trial
Bonnie (16 days ago)
18:11 Oprah who?
Bearbot 5000 (17 days ago)
Objection to 23:02 "defense and prosecution"; those would have been the "defendant & plaintiff" in a meeting at the mediator's, right? Btw just got here a bit by chance through autoplay but love the channel so sub'ed. Please keep posting reviews.
aweebunny (17 days ago)
I'd love to see you cover a movie named "The Verdict" with Paul Newman.
Thomas Mills (17 days ago)
Henry fonda not peter fonda
maxman1602 (17 days ago)
You should react to the Captain Stern scene in Heavy Metal. Also the court scene in The Untouchables.
Adraido (17 days ago)
React to Find Me Guilty.
Marteh TVeh (17 days ago)
Just found your channel this is awesome!!! If you haven't yet check out "The Lincoln Lawyer" I'll watch that video :P
S3thc0n (17 days ago)
The little sidenote about the burden of proof was extremely interesting and seems like a fact lots of people don't know - I certainly did not!
Adam Norton (18 days ago)
I must have dealt with too many self-represented litigants, but I have seen a lot of people sink their case on the stand after I had asked a completely different question.
Senna Rain (18 days ago)
OBJECTION: Erin Brokovich - the Defense didn't find more plaintiffs. That makes no sense.
LowQ (18 days ago)
You know how Max Payne is basically the textbook visual example of an ex-cop turned criminal? You’re that except in lawyer form
Darth Hater (18 days ago)
Well done! I came about this video randomly, but I enjoyed it.
Bio Toxin (18 days ago)
I'd love to see a discussion on love's canal, or any superfund cleanup site, surely there's at least one movie about it right?
nicholas lang (18 days ago)
You should do 'Bull'
BangDroid (18 days ago)
Love your channel. Keep up the good work! I think you're on to something..
BileMonkey (18 days ago)
51% threshold of proof? That's retarded.
R3fug33 (18 days ago)
Legal Eagles Represent! ⚖️🦅
Alex Denton (18 days ago)
I kinda wanted you to say the blowjob part was very accurate and common too. I'm disappointed now XD
Ben Couper (18 days ago)
Have you seen Boston legal, it would be great to see your thoughts!!!
jorge aldridge (19 days ago)
Host have you ever given a blowjob like erin brockovich
dillusioned (19 days ago)
600 class representatives or 600 class members?
Robert Palumbo (19 days ago)
I object ....the arrest and trail of David Koresh was very improper
INERT (19 days ago)
It's Henry Fonda, not Peter. I'm sure I'm not the first one to point that out.
Kenny Craig (19 days ago)
For .....'And Justice for all">Point to 'The Devil's Advocate' (Al Pacino again) the ending ... what (Keanu Reeves) does...
Kenny Craig (19 days ago)
I object! This is a military trial. When an order is given by a commanding officer to a lower ranking personnel, that order is to be obeyed. (unless it is an immoral order)..Said commanding officer does know the intentions of the person who was giving that order. (there is no speculation)...
Ryan Voll (19 days ago)
I have never seen that 3rd movie, with Al Pachino. I kinda want to see it now.

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