This film tells the true story of fraudulent Washington, D.C. journalist Stephen Glass (Christensen), who rose to meteoric heights as a young writer in his 20s, becoming a staff writer at "The New Republic" for three years (1995-1998), where 27 of his 41 published stories were either partially or completely made up. Looking for a short cut to fame, Glass concocted sources, quotes and even entire stories, but his deception did not go unnoticed forever, and eventually, his world came crumbling down... Written by
When Charles Lane confronts Stephen Glass in his office after realizing that Stephen's brother was the voice of George Sims, an expletive describing the voice mail was dubbed over to preserve the film's PG-13 rating. See more »
Written by Joey Ramone (as Jeffrey Hyman), Johnny Ramone (as John Cummings), Dee Dee Ramone (as Douglas Colvin) and Tommy Ramone (as Thomas Erdelyi)
Performed by Ramones (as Ramones)
Published by WB Music Corp. obo Itself and Taco Tunes, Inc. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Sire Records
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A young D.C. journalist (new "Star Wars" trilogy star Hayden Christensen) for The New Republic political magazine falsifies data and produces fraudulent stories. Slowly but surely his would-be meteoric rise turns into a dizzying downfall. "Boys Don't Cry" alums Peter Saarsgard and Chloe Sevigny are out of this world as Christensen's editor and supportive co-worker. Based on a true story, the picture has a tense documentary feel to it that makes it highly engrossing and fascinating early. The production does begin to tire late though as Christensen's crazed personality starts to come shining through with dementedly over-the-top results. Still a well-paced and intelligent take on American journalism and the pressures associated with the field. Worth a legitimate chance. 4 stars out of 5.
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