The Paper Chase stars the late, great Timothy Bottoms as James, a first year Harvard Law student with both eyes on the future. The sternest professor lectures on his most difficult subject and is also the father of the girl he likes. James makes a slow transformation from serious stiff to man with his priorities figured out as the school year deepens. Director James Bridges’ sophomore effort is one of his more memorable as the plot for the equally light and dramatic film has been recycled by run-of-the-mill college comedies ever since. Often duplicated, never replicated.