Picks and Pans Review: Against Her Will: An Incident in Baltimore
Walter Matthau reprises his role of circumspect country lawyer Harmon Cobb in this disappointing sequel to last year's Emmy-winner The Incident. It's 1947, and Cobb has moved to Baltimore with his widowed daughter-in-law (Susan Blakely) to join the practice of his former antagonist at the bar (Harry Morgan). Blakely and Morgan are also returnees.
Precious, transparent and vitiated, the movie tries to cram a little of everything into two hours: humor, romance (Blakely falls for a klutzy math teacher played by Brian Kerwin), family tensions and obscure legal precedent. But none of these pieces stand alone, and they certainly don't hang together. The cool-jazz score is about a decade early, and the big trial (Cobb sues the state of Maryland for holding a disturbed young woman, played by Bridgit Ryan, against her will in disgraceful conditions in a state mental institution) unfolds clumsily.