"The infamous Hank Palmer, the jaded lawyer with no respect for the law". The minute those words come out of the mouth of the accuser, you know you're in for some verbal banter especially when the film entails a courtroom and a dysfunctional family for good measure. Hank Palmer's (Robert Downey Jr) life is not going at all well. There's trouble afoot on home soil and his life is interrupted by the death of his mother. He must now return to his childhood hometown of Carlinville for the funeral and he's not looking forward to seeing his father from whom he's been estranged. Driving through the town he is not surprised that everything is still the same in this small town of Indiana.