My all time favorite Matthew McConaughey role (and one of the few McConaughey roles I can even stand besides Dazed and Confused) was his character in A Time to Kill, his break-out film. McConaughey is best as a lawyer because it brings out his sleaze, and all the best male lawyers have a little bit of sleaze in them (see our own Seth Freilich and The Boozehound), while the better female lawyers have a reservoir of bitch from which to pull (see Mrs. Pajiba-hyphenate in a court room).
Brad Furman’s Lincoln Lawyer is the only kind of character that McConaughey should be playing: A seedy, greedy defense attorney with just enough of a consciousness to make him a little likable. The movie, based on a Michael Connelly best seller, sports a pretty decent overall cast, too: Marisa Tomei (who finally gets to sleep with a decent looking guy), William H. Macy, Ryan Phillipe, and Josh Lucas, who does holier than thou sleazy pretty goddamn well, too.
It’s hard to get a feel for how good the movie might be from the trailer, but I do like the occasional legal thriller.