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Genre: Drama Country: USA
IMDB Rating: 7.4/10 Released Date: 05 Mar 2015
Runtime: 43 min Language: English
Stars: Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, Elvis Nolasco, Brent Anderson,

Summary: The lives of the participants in a trial with significant racial motives are forever changed during the legal process.


As with Murphy and his American Horror Story ensemble, Ridley has taken care to give his cast very different parts this time around and paired them up with different actors. Hutton, whose character last season was a wreck within the opening minutes, finds comfort in playing a leader in a tenuous position and he has a good rapport with Hope Davis, as Coach Dan's wife. The show's lone Emmy winner last year, King goes from passionate Muslim convert to a woman more capable of using institutional power to protect her upper class status and works well with the impressive Benjamin. Huffman, so good at alienating inherent sympathies last season as a grieving-but-prejudiced mom, actually gets to smile a couple times this season, and, as the prep school headmaster, gets to unfold her character's motivations slowly. With its high school backdrop, this American Crime installment relies heavily on largely unproven young actors, and in the early going there are no weak links, though Ridley's "gotcha" character twists often require actors to take an episode or two to settle in.