"Judd Nelson has made some good movies and some not so good. I count this as one of his best. As an attorney "Stormy Weathers" he can't be beat. He will stretch the limits of courtroon etiquette well past the limit if it will win his case. This is by far one of the best melodramas I have seen. Not often do we see a movie full of comedy and drama at the same time.
The beginning is very light stuff, but midway into the movie we start to see the darkside of humanity. John Hurt turns in a magnificent performance as Judd's client in a murder case. Judd can't decide if his client is innocent or guilty, but once he knows for sure he has to learn new tactics in dealing with the judicial system.
Fans of courtroom movies should enjoy this even if they are not fans of the 80s bratpack. Great directing and excellent cast make this a winner. A nice soundtrack and scenes in Boston don't hurt either. Good quality DVD but no extras."
C. A. Luster | 04/16/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This was the film that proved Judd Nelson could really stand on his own. During the brat pack films he always seemed to dissolve in the background but From the Hip forces you to pay attention to Judd's comedic charm. Judd plays a lawyer a little over his head and too starved for attention. He illegally wins his first case only to turn around and find the hardest case of his life, a major murder. The first half of the film is straight comedy but the second turns dramatic and dark as John Hurt ( the film's murder suspect ) brings us into his disturbing world of being impotent and the fact that he may have killed a young woman. Judd shines in this like only he can and if there is one film any Judd Nelson fan should see at least once, it is From The Hip. I highly recommend it so enjoy!"
My All-time Favorite Legal Comedy
Gina M. Pace | Scranton, PA United States | 11/24/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"You know, back in the day when I first loved this, I just loved it. NOW I realize that this movie was the groundbreaker for the dude who does Ally McBeal and The Practice. No wonder I like those shows too!Judd Nelson is really excellent in this movie. Of course I love Judd in anything. But this is one of those comedies which makes you think. You start out with a lot of great laughs but then later on it really takes on the philosophy of law and the justice system. All the while, keeping you informed and entertained.This film has murder, mayhem, truth and daring. You will really be able to sink your teeth into this one. I wore out my VHS copy of it ages ago and was thrilled to be able to replace it with DVD. Buy it and you won't be sorry!"
From the what?
J. Keeton | Douglasville, GA USA | 04/07/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I like this movie because rather than gimics, it tells an interesting story. Plus the acting is wonderful, the writing very clever and the casting is perfect. It's got everything. Bob Clark directs. I would rank this as one of my favorite movies of all time."
ODD MIX OF COMEDY AND DRAMA ...JUDD MAKES IT WORK!
! MR. KNOW IT ALL ;-b | TRI STATE AREA | 11/10/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It's hard to believe I never saw of this film growing up. I saw all the other "Brat Pack" movies but , I never even heard of this. I was happy to sit down and see a cast of actors who would become more famous in later years. The film's first act has some very funny(and ridiculous!)court rooms shenanigans and then it turns to a little more serious side. The film flips back to more outrageous comedy and then gets kind of dark, it's all a little uneven to say the least but, I did enjoy it. If your a fan of Judd Nelson you should check this out."