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At Theaters: 2/15/2002 On Video: 7/16/2002
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 8 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 389906
Studio: New Line Cinema
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A man's nine-year-old son is in desperate need of a life-saving transplant. When he discovers that his medical insurance won't cover the costs of the surgery and alternative government aid is unavailable, John Q. Archibald takes a hospital emergency room hostage in a last-ditch attempt to save his child.
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Thriller Drama - A powerful drama, but probably not quite as intense as you might think it would be from the previews. It contains quite a bit of much needed humor, which helps to break up some of the intense dramatic scenes. It also appears to be a real tear-jerker, but it's really not. Sure it's sad and it makes you feel for the characters, but it probably won't bring you to tears.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Denzel Washington TRAINING DAY, REMEMBER THE TITANS, THE HURRICANE
Robert Duvall THE 6TH DAY, GONE IN SIXTY SECONDS, A CIVIL ACTION
James Woods THE VIRGIN SUICIDES, THE GENERAL'S DAUGHTER
Anne Heche PSYCHO, RETURN TO PARADISE, SIX DAYS, SEVEN NIGHTS
Eddie Griffin DOUBLE TAKE, DEUCE BIGALOW: MALE GIGOLO
Kimberly Elise BAIT, SET IT OFF
Shawn Hatosy DOWN TO YOU, ANYWHERE BUT HERE
Ray Liotta BLOW, COPLAND, TURBULANCE, JOHN Q
Director: Nick Cassavetes SHE'S LOVELY, UNHOOK THE STARS
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About The Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 2 F-words, 4 GD's, 4 S-words and quite a few milder ones.
SEX/NUDITY: None
VIOLENCE: Very low. Nothing graphic.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None
ACTION: None
COMEDY: Quite a bit of humor for such as an intense story.
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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Average "Yet, for all of those good intentions, John Q turns out to be hopelessly mediocre - a poorly scripted, preachy fable that forgets about unfolding a coherent, believable story in its zeal to spread propaganda.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Below Average "John Q is the kind of movie Mad magazine prays for. It is so earnest, so overwrought and so wildly implausible that it begs to be parodied. I agree with its message, but the message is pounded in with such fevered melodrama, it's as slanted and manipulative as your average political commercial.''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Above Average "Washington puts in another strong performance as a distraught father. But it's a testament to his talents that the movie doesn't lapse into an ER-like, tear-inducing episode. Washingon's character is the ultimate superdad — a manipulative device — but we would have been rooting for him anyway. One can excuse the movie's missteps and melodramatic moments in the greater interest of the strong statement it makes about our health care system.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Below Average "A problem picture that says all the right things and does all the wrong ones...  ...the movie's tone and plot twists are so ludicrously overwrought that even Washington's admirably restrained performance can't rescue it from its own excesses.''

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Based on an Exit Polling of 188 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
17
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
24
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
36
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
41
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
33
Very High
100%
30+Adults (F)
37
Very High
100%
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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

These are some EXTREMELY HIGH OPINIONS! Also remarkable is that there were NO LOW OPINIONS AT ALL! That's highly unusual and indicates a movie everyone should enjoy.

GO SEE "JOHN Q"!

Publisher Comments: (before opinions collected)
From the previews this appears to be a very intense drama and it is in a few scenes, but when it gets intense there is usually some humor thrown in to help break the tension. This makes for an unusual but entertaining movie.

Fortunately, the audience made my ability to predict who will enjoy this movie much easier. At the end of the movie the audience clapped, which is the best endorsement for a movie you can get.

I believe everyone will enjoy "John Q" very much. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
John Q. Archibald ( Denzel Washington) is an ordinary man who works at a factory and takes care of his family. His wife Denise (Kimberly Elise) and young son Michael (Daniel E. Smith) are his world. But when Michael falls seriously ill and needs an emergency heart transplant operation that John Q. can't afford and his health insurance won't cover, he vows to do whatever it will take to keep his son alive. With time and options running out, a desperate gamble becomes his only hope — he takes the emergency room hostage.

As John Q. barricades himself inside the hospital along with his unwitting group of emergency room hostages, many of them in need of medical care themselves, he faces off with a veteran police hostage negotiator (Robert Duvall) and a quick- tempered police chief (Ray Liotta) who wants to bring a swift end to the stand-off.
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