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Telling Lies In America (1997)

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38

Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 5

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Karchy Jonas (Brad Renfro) was born in Hungary and immigrated to Cleveland, Ohio in the early 1960s where he felt adrift in a strange sea of American culture. Jonas tries to fit in at the Catholic high school he attends but finds himself a laughing stock. At home, his stern father (Maximilian Schell) insists that he adhere to traditional Hungarian ways. Karchy's only respite is the rock & roll music he adores. A year before he arrived, flashy, failed disc jockey Billy Magic (Kevin Bacon) rolled

PG-13,

Drama, Comedy

Joe Eszterhas

Dec 18, 2001

Winstar

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The Hungarian angle gives the film a little distinctiveness.

June 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Kevin Bacon gives one of the best performances of his career

April 19, 2008
Moviehole

It's only rock 'n' roll, but you'll like it.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Telling Lies In America

Cast: Kevin Bacon, Brad Renfro, Maximilian Schell, Calista Flockhart, Paul Dooley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Luke Wilson, Damon Fletcher, Jerry Swindall, K.K. Dodds

Director: Guy Ferland

Summary: Shy immigrant Karchy Jonas (Brad Renfro) is a social disaster at his 1960s American high school. But things pick up when he pursues a cute, supermarket coworker (Calista Flockhart) and hooks up with a slick deejay (Kevin Bacon, in a standout performance) who shows Karchy life's wild--and dangerous--side.

My Thoughts: "The performances by Kevin Bacon and Brad Renfro are great, it's the script that leaves something to be desired. There are also some very good actor's in here that are wasted by very limited roles. There was some great music in this as well. But just not as good as I thought it would be considering the talent."
February 27, 2011
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