Welcome to 90 from the ‘90s; the movie-related post in which I watch, discuss and debate a film from the 1990s – a film that I’ve NEVER SEEN. Posting on a semi-regular basis, I aim to work my way through 90 movies that I’ve previously missed/avoided, recording my thoughts along the way.

I’m going to watch good films, bad films, forgotten classics, Oscar winners and everything in between. Some of these films you’ll be surprised I’ve never seen, others you’ll completely understand why I’ve avoided them for 20+ years.

The rules are as follows:

  • The film must be from the 1990s (1990-1999)
  • The film must be a movie I’ve not watched before

Today’s unseen ‘90s movie is…

The Client (1994)

I’ll be honest, I’m surprised I’ve not watched The Client. Not because I’ve been desperate to watch it for the past 24 years, but because The Client was directed by Joel Schumacher and was released the year before Batman Forever (1995) – Schumacher’s first Batman movie.

I’m a huge fan of the Batman movies and when Batman Forever was released in 1995 I was obsessed with it. So it kind of seems strange to me that I wouldn’t have watched this movie, especially as it features Tommy Lee Jones amongst its cast.

So what do I know about The Client?

Well, as mentioned above, I know The Client was directed by Joel Schumacher; I know Tommy Lee Jones plays a role in the movie, alongside Susan Sarandon and Brad Renfro; I know it has scenes in a courtroom; and I believe it’s based on a novel by John Grisham. I also think that Batman Forever co-writer, Akiva Goldsman is a co-writer on this film too.

See – I’m very surprised I’ve not seen this movie.

*Clicks the play button*

40secs – ‘A Joel Schumacher film’. At the time of this film’s release that would have been a welcome sight. Three years later, with the release of Batman & Robin, ‘A Joel Schumacher film’ had a whole new meaning.

1min – I like Batman & Robin, by the way. I’m merely illustrating a point.

4mins – A couple of kids – one of whom is Brad Renfro – are about to watch a guy kill himself. As openings go, it’s different.

5mins 30secs – Brad Renfro has just intervened. So the man is trying to kill himself again.

7mins 30secs – Yeah, apparently he should have just let the guy die. This bloke is a right whack job.

12mins – So the guy has now killed himself and the kids witnessed it. So far, this is pretty intense.

13mins – And now Anthony LaPaglia has just popped up, with a flick knife. And he’s just been rather mean to a secretary. This is getting more intense by the minute.

18mins – Tommy Lee Jones!

20mins – William H. Macy!

22mins – J.T. Walsh! OK, I’ll stop doing that.

24mins 30secs – So, the guy who killed himself was a lawyer for the Mafia. All kinds of trouble is gonna kick off now.

28mins – Susan Sarandon! Sorry, I said I’d stop doing that. But… still… Susan Sarandon!

30mins – So, to recap, Brad Renfro saw a Mafia lawyer kill himself. He’s now hired Susan Sarandon as his lawyer. That’s a lot of lawyers in a short space of time.

40mins – Hiring Susan Sarandon as your lawyer is smart for two reasons: a.) She’s sassy! b.) She seems to have no issue about working for free.

43mins – Susan Sarandon has extensive knowledge of Led Zeppelin. She should solely work on Led Zeppelin cases.

49mins – If this movie was made today, the studio would make a series of sequels about Susan Sarandon’s character. Even if you didn’t want a series of sequels about Susan Sarandon’s character, you’d be getting them. She’d be the linchpin in a Client Cinematic Universe. She’s basically Iron Man.

51mins 30secs – This movie is a pissing contest between Sarandon and Jones. My money is on Sarandon.

1hr 3mins – So the Mafia have just burnt down Brad Renfro’s home. This shit is getting real…er.

1hr 7mins – You don’t need to know this, but I’ve just opened a bag of popcorn. This is a movie which requires snacks. The popcorn is sweet and salt combined. You didn’t need to know that either.

1hr 12mins – I’ve just eaten half of the bag. It’s a pretty big bag.

1hr 13mins – I need to step away from the popcorn.

1hr 14mins – The courtroom stuff has just begun. The Sarandon/Jones pissing contest is about to continue.

1hr 15mins – I appear to be eating the popcorn again. SOMEBODY STOP ME!

1hr 20mins – The courtroom drama is over. Meanwhile, Anthony LaPaglia is in a restaurant being all menacing.

1hr 26mins – There’s an Elvis look-a-like on screen right now, complaining about his broken guitar. This guy needs to understand that there’s more going on here than just a broken guitar. Someone is trying to kill Brad Renfro! Jeez… some people can be so self involved. Now, where did I put that bag of popcorn?

1hr 40mins – I think I over estimated the courtroom element of this film. There’s about 20 minutes to go and Brad Renfro and Susan Sarandon are not in a courtroom. Instead, they’re breaking into a boat house. Why the heck did I think this film had more courtroom scenes?

1hr 45mins – There’s a standoff between Brad Renfro and Anthony LaPaglia. And now the standoff is between Susan Sarandon and Anthony LaPaglia. I know who’s going to win this.

1hr 50mins – Wow. Anthony LaPaglia is wearing a very… interesting vest. He’s worn striking clothes throughout the movie, but this vest takes the crown. It takes guts to wear that vest.

1hr 53mins – Brad Renfro is entering the witness protection programme. Susan Sarandon is becoming all teary-eyed. The music is getting emotional. Tommy Lee Jones is… being Tommy Lee Jones.

1hr 56mins – Susan Sarandon and Anthony Edwards walk off into the sunshine together. Didn’t I mention that Anthony Edwards was in this movie? Oh. Anthony Edwards!

1hr 56mins 30secs – And that’s pretty much it.

*Clicks stop*

Erm… yeah, The Client was OK. I’ll be honest, I kind of expected a bit more – especially with it being a Joel Schumacher film. Sarandon was great but I don’t feel like it ever went anywhere or really had a point.

Maybe, subconsciously I knew that The Client was only ‘alright’ and that’s why it’s taken me all this time to watch it? Who knows.

*Rummages in the bag of popcorn one last time*

I need more snacks.

Eight down; 82 to go.

For past entries in the 90 from the ’90s series, check out: Good Will Hunting (1997)Pump Up the Volume(1990)Mr. Nanny (1993) Fargo (1996)Hudson Hawk(1991)So I Married An Axe Murderer (1993) and Timecop (1994).