The Rainmaker (1997)
This star-studded courtroom drama written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola is detailed and comprehensive in its treatment of the material, but completely lacks subtlety and narrative drive. As adapted from John Grisham's novel, which shall remain unassessed here, The Rainmaker is a sluggish sentimentalist of a movie, seemingy driven by its own self-righteousness. The characters are far too one-dimensional and/or dichotomic and the script is too poorly written for us to really care for the story. As far as legal dramas go, The Rainmaker feels more like a second-rate TV series than a wide cinematic release by one of the greatest directors of our time. It marked the beginning of the end for Coppola. For a far more nuanced and poignant courtroom title released in the same year, watch David E. Kelley's television show "The Practice" instead.