Magazine article Newsweek

The Devil's Advocate

Magazine article Newsweek

The Devil's Advocate

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Pacino overrules Keanu as one devil of a lawyer

SOME MOVIES ARE SO SILLY THAT they cross over into some mystical land of superkitsch, where they take on a kind of crazy grandeur. They don't came any kitschier than The Devil's Advocate, which has McDeep things to tell us about Good and Evil, love and lust, free will and fate. Screenwriters Jonathan Lemkin and Tony Gilroy have taken a godawful little novel by Andrew Neiderman and pumped it up into this Macy's Parade balloon of a film about a young lawyer, Kevin Lomax (Keanu Reeves), who's plucked from the Florida courts by a big-time New York law firm, headed by John Milton (Al Pacino). Lomax has never lost a case; he's mastered all the tactics needed to successfully defend repulsive types like teachers who sexually abuse their young female pupils. He doesn't like these creeps, but he loves riding their constitutiollal rights to his own superstardom.

Milton recruits Lomax, seducing him with money, a lavish apartment and a corporate setting that looks like the digs of a Renaissance doge, complete with hot and hotter running bimbos. Lomax manfully tries to resist the bimbos, but he can't resist Milton, whose vast office contains a huge, blazing fireplace, who speaks all languages, who travels only on the subway (underground, get it?). Well, long before poor Lomax has gotten it, everyone in the audience knows that Milton is the Devil. Even his name is a devilish gag. Don't these Southern boys take English lit? John Milton wrote "Paradise Lost," the epic of warfare between God and Satan. …

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