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John Q /

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall, Anne Heche, James Woods, Eddie Griffin 

Directed by: Nick Cassavetes 

Produced by: Mark Burg, Oren Koules 

Written by: James Kearns 

Distributor: New Line Cinema


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WARNING: This review contains spoilers, if you are intending to see this movie, wait to read this review.

     John Q is the story of when a father must take desperate measures to save his son. Even though the story isn't in the least bit believable, and the plot drags towards the end, the acting is so superb, it sucks you into a world of emotional tension. Once you have seen Denzel Washington enlighten this mess of a movie, your opinion on it changes. You start to relate to the story, you become emotionally attached. John Q would've been a disaster without Denzel's superb acting. He brought such class and reality to the movie, without turning it into an absurd teen-flick.


     The only objection I have to liking this movie is the issue of believability. Its just not possible for a person to die with the same size heart, and the same blood type, in the same city as a kid who is in desperate need of this ideal match. This feature is why all of the other critics in America panned this movie; I luckily was able to stick with it. I recommend that you see John Q on DVD, its not worth a theatre trip; but it's still a worthwhile movie.


     Like I said before, the acting in this movie was what saved it from a negative rating. This movie was one of Denzel's best. Everyone on the cast helped clean up the many issues and glitches in the plot. If they had changed any of the cast members, the film would've been horrible. Except, of course the one guy who played the voice of the evil guy in Hercules, it really threw me off hearing his voice in a different role, I laughed a lot because of him in what were supposed to be very serious times.


     In conclusion John Q is worth a rental, but not a theatre trip. Even though Denzel deserves a nomination, it is not Oscar material. What it is is good entertainment on a Friday night. See John Q, but don't overly anticipate it. I marginally recommend it.


-Danny, Bucket Reviews


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