You Can’t Handle the Truth!

A Few Good Men is one of a few courtroom dramas that I’ve rewatched. I first saw the movie in my Junior government class. I’m so glad I did, but not because I think I’d never see it. I probably would have eventually seen it as part of the Tom Cruise marathon I did. I’d also like to mention that this is 1 of 2 military themed movie’s Demi Moore did in the 90’s. Anyway, what is the plot exactly? Well, A Few Good Men is about a trial that takes place after a military hazing goes wrong. Cruise’s character Lieutenant (junior grade) Daniel Kaffee is hired as the military’s lawyer. The primary witness their up against is Colonel Nathan R. Jessup. A proud Marine colonel that only Jack Nicholson can pull off. Most people only remember the famous quote “You can’t handle the truth!” While the whole movie is building up to that line, it’s the gripping court case and well written dialogue by Aaron Sorkin that drew me in. The back in forth between these two individuals is so intense that I couldn’t help but hang on every word. Sometimes I even consider being a lawyer just so I can outwit somebody like this. Also side note, the movie is only rated R for language. So even if you find courtroom dramas boring, I’m sure Rob Reiner’s A Few Good Men will be the one exception. Can you handle the truth?

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“You can’t handle the truth!”

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