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A Few Good Men

Hemal Jhaveri November 1, 2022

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This week on Ten Movies:

You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth! No truth-handler, you. Bah! I deride your truth-handling abilities!

It’s all here in ‘A Few Good Men’, the iconic military legal thriller courtroom drama. Tom Cruise as a cocky young hotshot lawyer! Demi Moore as an idealistic, impassioned career military attorney (who, as the only woman in a world of competent men, is herself strangely incompetent)! Jack Nicholson as the menacing, authoritarian Marine colonel who ordered the Code Red! You’re goddamn right he did!

Hemal and Brian went long on this one. There’s a lot to unpack! At its heart, ‘A Few Good Men’ is less a mystery or a legal thriller than an extended philosophical exercise, putting the classical liberalism of virtue ethics against cold-eyed utilitarianism if you like that sort of thing. Mostly, though, we had a lot to say about Kevin Bacon’s haircut.


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