7 Famous Movie Courtroom Scenes (And How They Are Wrong In Real Life)

Hollywood couldn't handle the truth.

A Few Good Men
Columbia Pictures

"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers." - Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part2, Act IV, Scene 2.

Whether being portrayed as sleazy weasels like in AMC's Better Call Saul, or as ignorant buffoons like in Comedy Central's Scrubs, lawyers are frequently the butt of jokes and the target of public ridicule. Most of the public's perception of lawyers is built on how attorneys or the legal field is presented in film and television, as that is some people's only exposure to the legal community. Then if a person does in fact meet a lawyer or view a trial in court, some times they're let down as reality fell short of the bar set by A Few Good Men.

Yes, we all know Wonder Woman isn't real and neither are her super powers. Watching movies always requires a suspension of disbelief to fully enjoy the story. If you spend your whole time watching a movie, saying to yourself, "Well that wouldn't happen in real life," it can really take away from the experience. But when you watch Wonder Woman, or Beauty and the Beast, or Resident Evil, you know deep down that what you're seeing is made for film. If you're watching a scene that takes place in a court room and it's being presented as true to life, how are you supposed to know that it wouldn't actually happen in reality?

So it's time to clear the air.

As a practicing attorney, I'm going to take the time to point out a few issues with scenes from your favorite legal movies and discuss how little bits of fantasy were added for the purpose of creating a good story.

It might let you down a little, but do you want the truth? You can't handle the truth...

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