The Trouble with the Truth (2012)



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Musician Robert (John Shea) is a perpetual starving artist with low overhead and minimal commitments. When Robert's daughter announces that she's engaged, he advises her against it - his own marriage to Emily (Lea Thompson) didn't last, and he doesn't understand why anyone would want to give up their independence. Yet when Robert and Emily reunite and dredge up old memories and hurts, both discover they have a lot of unresolved issues and that love, marriage and divorce aren't quite as simple as they'd like. With Danielle Harris and Keri Lynn Pratt. -- (C) Official Site
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Critic Reviews for The Trouble with the Truth

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (8)

Who knew My Dinner with Andre could be reworked into such an engaging romantic comedy?

Full Review… | October 23, 2013
Miami Herald
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Jim Hemphill's "The Trouble with the Truth" is a pleasant surprise that gets better as the movie unfolds.

Full Review… | January 9, 2013
Chicago Sun-Times
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Although they talk enough to qualify for radio, John Shea and Lea Thompson make the high-wire act of "The Trouble With the Truth" a convincing, moving and provocative two-hander.

Full Review… | January 9, 2013
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A divorced couple rehash their relationship in this touching indie drama.

Full Review… | September 20, 2012
Hollywood Reporter
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The ambition is laudable, the results less so.

Full Review… | September 13, 2012
New York Times
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[An] intimate, honest exploration of relationship dynamics, regret and the enduring messiness of love.

Full Review… | September 13, 2012
New York Post
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Audience Reviews for The Trouble with the Truth


I went in blind with this movie which I often do. I see which movies are certified fresh and order them on Netflix. Some are good, some are disappointing. This movie started out ok, but the real treat and meat to this story is the amazing, intelligent, and extraordinarily well written dialogue. The dialogue starts when two divorcees call each other and plan to have drinks and dinner. Then the two begin talking for a very, very long time. This is not an action flick or a suspenseful thriller; it's a commentary on the state of love and relationships in this time. A time in which the divorce rate is at an all-time high and people are remaining single because they have to work so many hours just to get by. Women used to stay home to be the caregiver and take care of the children. But it's a different time, and women want to strive to achieve what they wish, and they should rightly. But when the average person is working more and more to survive, they do not take a break to find a relationship. Instead, one might satisfy their desires with casual sex and one night stands. The conversation in this movie speaks to this, and it is so interesting and fascinating that you can't stop listening. It's like you are a fly on the wall and get to hear the intense back and forth, the quarrels of the past lovers. And the chemistry between the two actors is superb. The acting is simply amazing as well. The emotions are portrayed by subtle details. For example, John Shea's character Robert holds his hands up to his face as if to make everything disappear because he is having a hard time dealing with the truth. Or the tears on Lea Thompson's face, who plays the role of Emily. Tears are a hard thing to act out, usually people overact or cry too much or it sounds fake. But the gentle way in which her tears just barely roll down her cheek are so genuine they make you feel her sadness. The emotions are raw and in your face, but in such a way that they come naturally out of the actors and they are not forced. I don't think I've seen a movie with as much continuous dialogue as this movie. But the fact that it had me involved the whole way through is a testament to how good these lines are and how great the script is. Honestly, this is the best dialogue in a movie that I have seen in years. However, that is basically all the movie is. Some might find it too wordy and want more action or story development. But I find that too many movies focus on the action and forget about the dialogue. So this is a very refreshing piece of work. I strongly recommend this movie solely based on the dialogue. The chemistry and fine acting is a huge bonus. And that is the truth, without any trouble at all.

Chris Blume
Chris Blume

Surprisingly compelling. Perfect "ending". This has been attempted, and with great results, only once before. A winner.

Dan Morris
Dan Morris

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