There’s no big reveal in The Judge, but I want to use this space for whoever has seen the film to talk about one of the ickiest subplots I’ve seen in a movie in a while. In one early scene, Hank goes to a bar staffed by a fetching young barmaid named Carla (Leighton Meester). They end the night making out, hardcore, with a lot of tongue and fondling. Later, Hank discovers she’s Samantha’s daughter—and maybe his, a possibility The Judge treats as comic. When, late in the film, Hank discovers Carla is actually Glen’s daughter, he’s relieved, apparently much happier to have made out with his niece than his daughter. Which, sure, that’s undoubtedly the better of the two options. But it’s still pretty gross.
The Reveal furthers the discussion of the film while providing a space for readers who have seen it to discuss plot-sensitive details. In other words: Spoilers ahead. Avoiding spoilers? Return to the review.