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Studio:
     New Line Cinema (1 hr. 58 min.)
Plot:
     A desperate father holds an emergency room hostage in order to get his dying son a heart transplant.
Cast:
     Denzel Washington, Robert DuVall, Anne Heche, James Woods, Eddie Griffin
Rating:
     PG-13
Bottom Line:
     ****

Coverage:

Denzel Washington turns in a stirring performance on the heels of his Oscar nominated role in "Training Day," as a desperate and devoted father caught in the wheels of HMO hell.

Washington stars as John Quincy Archibauld, a hard-working factory worker who has been downsized to a 20 hours work week. Archibauld is having trouble landing a second job to help make ends meet, and his wife (Kimberly Elise) has taken a job at a grocery store. But despite these hardships, the Archibauld family is close knit.

So when Archibauld’s son collapses on the baseball field and is rushed to the hospital, Archibauld is desperate to make sure his son gets the best medical care.

When hospital officials learn that Archibauld is struggling financially, and his son needs a heart transplant, they take his son off the donor’s list.

It’s all a matter of dollar and cents. The Archibauld’s are informed that their son’s operation will cost $250,000. And that they need $75,000 to proceed. But, the Archibauld’s only have $1,000 in the bank.

Frustrated at the hospital’s bureaucracy, Archibauld tries to force his medical insurance company (at gun point) to move his son to the head of the heart donor list. Although, "John Q" is an excellent movie, its third act should be little or no surprise to avid movie goers. The filmmakers did manage to underline how medically vulnerable America’s working class is to the fact that money is all that matters.

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