John Q (2002)

Give a father no options and you leave him no choice.

Original Title : John Q
Director : Nick Cassavetes
Writer : James Kearns
Genre : Drama
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Mark Burg , Howard Burkons , Dale De La Torre , Michael De Luca , Mathew Hart , Avram 'Butch' Kaplan , James Kearns , Oren Koules , Richard Saperstein , Hillary Sherman
Music : Aaron Zigman
Photography : Rogier Stoffers
Distributor : New Line Cinema [us]
MPAA Rating : Rated PG-13 for violence, language and intense thematic elements.
IMDB ID : 0251160
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Gabriela Oltean Beautiful Woman
Denzel Washington John Quincy Archibald
Denzel Washington John Quincy Archibald


John Quincy Archibald's son Michael collapses while playing baseball as a result of a heart failure. Immediately, John Q. rushes Michael to the hospital's emergency room for a transplant. Unfortunately, the insurance would not cover his son's transplant. So in order for Michael's quick and complete recovery, John takes the emergency room hostage until the doctors agree to get the transplant successful.


A downer from son of John (I mean the director) I'm surprised at Nick Cassavettes, son of John ("Shadows" comes to mind), who has made a film here that contains some note-worthy elements including fine acting from some of the cast, a great scene during the opening credits, and a good premise.But the execution is something that started to really grate at me by the time the movie ended.Washington is believable as a John Q. who's son's heart needs to be transplanted, and doesn't have the insurance to cover it.Up until the main chunk of the film started to roll with John taking an emergency room full of conventional characters hostage with the also conventional cop characters on the outset, it seemed like a good idea for a movie by examining how insurance companies (as well as doctors and hospitals) screw over people in need.But no, the film plunges instead into scenes that tried way too hard to try and pull at the heart strings of the audience and I'm sure I wasn't the only one not so moved by the decisions and moves by the central characters. In other words, there are a few tolerable moments of cinema squared into John Q., but it isn't worth sitting through all the drek that goes with it (maybe switch on and off from it when it comes on cable). C-
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