The Judge

Theatrical Release: October 10, 2014


Henry “Hank” Palmer, a successful lawyer, returns to his hometown of Carlinville, Indiana, for his mother’s funeral only to discover that his estranged father, Judge Joseph Palmer, is suspected of murder. He has to now defend his father in court against Dwight Dickham, a prosecutor determined to see Joseph put away.

Dove Review

“The Judge” is a heartbreaking story of a father and son that do not get along and have been estranged for many years. When Hank returns to his small town in Indiana it seems that nothing in town has changed and neither has his father’s attitude towards him. The only thing that has brought the two together is the unexpected death of Joseph’s wife who is Hank’s mom.

But little does Hank know that he is going to need in his full compassity as a lawyer when his older brother Glen informs him that their father has been arrested. Then the conflicts between father and son along with other medical information are brought to light as the Judge goes on trial for his life.

It is a tale of family difficulties, misunderstandings along with reconciliation and forgiveness. Unfortunately some of the content in this film puts it far beyond our guidelines and can not be approved by Dove.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: man and woman making out in a phone booth, many sexual comments regarding woman and relationships, discussion regarding a married woman having an affair
Language: GD-11, F-30, H-3, A/AH-11, J-1, For Chr..t sake-1, Good L.rd-1, BS-3
Violence: Scene of a car accident; man bullies others, man backs into garage door, man arrested for murdering man riding on a bycle, a tornado
Drugs: scene of a bar, men having drinks, drinking beer, man has a drink after 20 years of sobriety, man has chemo treatments,
Nudity: cleavage showing and woman in a very short dress, comments about a woman's behind, man in shower seen from the waist up
Other: Man pees on another in restroom, mother dies, woman seen in casket; scenes of men vomiting, man losses bodily function on the floor, father and son differences, rude attitudes toward others, woman seen with tattoos, man lets underage young girl sit on lap and drive vehicle, man dies in a boat


Company: Warner Brothers
Director: David Dobkin David Dobkin
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 141 min.
Starring: Robert Downey, Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton, Leighton Meester, Vincent D'Onofrio, Dax Shepard, Balthazar Getty
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe