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The Lie (2011)

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When they first met, Lonnie and Clover were young idealists, but an unplanned baby forced them to flip the script. Lonnie put his music on hold and got a shitty job. And now Clover is abandoning her activism for an "opportunity" in the corporate world. Drowning in disappointments, Lonnie decides he needs some time off work to reexamine his life. He calls in sick, but his abusive boss demands he show up or get fired. Lonnie panics and tells a shocking lie to justify his absence - and once the lie if out, there's no going back. Now it's only a matter of time before the grenade he's thrown on his life explodes and Lonnie is suddenly pushed to figure out who he is, what he wants, and just maybe, what it means to be a father. -- (C) Screen Media

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Jane Adams (II)
as Dr. Ellen Bentel
Kelli Garner
as Brianne
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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (10)

The acting in The Lie -- including a nice bit by Mark Webber as a stoner pal who lectures Leonard on responsibility -- is good enough to almost overlook a so-so ending.

Full Review… | November 18, 2011
New York Post
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Comprising small, near-perfect scenes played out largely at dinner tables and on couches, "The Lie" wonders if it's possible to rewrite lives and remake choices.

November 17, 2011
New York Times
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It doesn't try too hard, but what "The Lie" is working at, in its unassuming, amusing way, is a mini-portrait of growing pains in a time of extended adolescence.

Full Review… | November 17, 2011
New York Daily News
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The Lie's payoff strikes an unexpected, refreshingly open note that makes this slight little indie more resonant than its scale suggests.

Full Review… | November 17, 2011
AV Club
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Here's a film in which the actors create plausible people we would probably like. They're loose inside the skins of their characters.

Full Review… | November 17, 2011
Chicago Sun-Times
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The movie meanders like its dissatisfied, part-time pothead protagonist, not wisely but too well.

Full Review… | November 15, 2011
Time Out
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long and boring. The moral of this story is beware what lies you tell people because they will come back and get you. Don't bother watching this movie.

Kaitlyn Jackson
Kaitlyn Jackson
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The film relies on solid acting and relatable characters to give us a down-to-earth portrayal of human nature and young adulthood. It's simultaneously dark and light-hearted, and it deals with the potentially ridiculous premise in a realistic way.

Josh Anderson
Josh Anderson

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