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JOHN Q.

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John Q

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
100 minutes
Wide Release Date:
02/15/02
performer:
Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall, Kimberly Elise, Eddie Griffin, Anne Heche, Ray Liotta
director:
Nick Cassavetes
distributor:
New Line Cinema
author:
66575
genre:
Mystery and Thriller, Drama

We gave it a C

The subject of corporate medical injustice is overdue for a good honest muckraker, but Nick Cassavetes’ movie doesn’t explore injustice — it exploits it. Informed that his company insurance plan won’t cover a heart transplant for his son, John Q. Archibald (Denzel Washington) is forced to come up with $250,000. Unable to pay, he takes everyone in the emergency room hostage. Cassavetes thinks he’s making Dog Day Afternoon with a cause, but the movie is a shrill, didactic cartoon. Anne Heche plays the head administrator as a particularly clipped breed of fascist android, and James Woods, as a heart surgeon, looks and sounds about as compassionate as a man ordering a lap dance.

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