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Director:
Writers:
T. Coraghessan Boyle (short story)
Jeff Feuerzeig (additional material)
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Release Date:
11 November 2011 (USA) See more »
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He's about to have a moment of truth.
Plot:
A man's life is altered unexpectedly after telling a lie to get out of work. | Add synopsis »
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The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but one lie See more (6 total) »

Cast

 

Kelli Garner ... Brianna

Alia Shawkat ... Seven

Mark Webber ... Tank

Joshua Leonard ... Lonnie

James Ransone ... Weasel

Jess Weixler ... Clover

Jane Adams ... Dr. Bentel

Kirk Baltz ... Joel

Gerry Bednob ... Radko

Allison Anders ... Allison

Matthew Newton ... Steve

Lola Blanc ... Green-Eyed Girl (as Kandice Melonakos)

Holly Woodlawn ... Cherry

Michael McColl ... Ted

Tipper Newton ... Jeannie

Gwyn Fawcett ... Mary
Germaine Mozel Sims ... Diner

Directed by
Joshua Leonard 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
T. Coraghessan Boyle  short story
Jeff Feuerzeig  additional material
Joshua Leonard  screenplay
Mark Webber  screenplay
Jess Weixler  screenplay

Produced by
Cheyann Benedict .... associate producer
Mary Pat Bentel .... producer
Joey Boukadakis .... associate producer
Sriram Das .... executive producer
Neil DeSena .... associate producer
Bob Eick .... associate producer
Mitchell Goldman .... executive producer
Daniel Long .... co-producer
Michael McColl .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Peter Raeburn 
 
Cinematography by
Brigitta Csiki 
Benjamin Kasulke 
 
Film Editing by
Greg O'Bryant 
 
Production Design by
Thomas S. Hammock 
 
Art Direction by
Justin Lieb 
 
Costume Design by
Emily Batson 
 
Makeup Department
Shauna O'Toole .... makeup artist: second unit
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Grayford .... first assistant director
Josh Trank .... second unit director
 
Art Department
Dan Hooker .... construction coordinator
Megan Hutchison .... graphic designer
Jen K. Messer .... on-set dresser
 
Sound Department
Charles Dayton .... adr mixer
Jamie Hardt .... sound designer
Jamie Hardt .... sound re-recording mixer
Aaron Hatch .... boom operator
Sean O'Malley .... sound mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Kevin Cannon .... visual effects artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Todd Banhazl .... additional electric
Russell Bell .... key grip
Ben Benesh .... best boy grip
Rory Brosius .... second assistant camera: "a" and "b" cameras
Jason Gurnick .... digital imaging technician
Scott Johnson .... first assistant camera: pick up shots
Jason Knoll .... first assistant "a" camera
Jeff Powers .... gaffer
Nathan Sloan .... grip
Hillary Spera .... camera operator
Vanessa Wolf .... best boy electric
 
Animation Department
A.J. Pinkerton .... additional animator
 
Casting Department
Tina Kerr .... extras casting
 
Editorial Department
William Adashek .... digital intermediate executive producer
Ayumi Ashley .... colorist
Kevin Cannon .... colorist
Brigitta Csiki .... assistant editor
Adam Varney .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Marguerite Phillips .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Frank J. Gruber .... production legal
Jason Gurnick .... post-producion supervisor
Dan Karcher .... website producer
A.J. Pinkerton .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Josh McGuire .... special thanks
Bellamy Young .... very special thanks
 

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Rated R for language and some drug use
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USA:80 min
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21 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but one lie, 25 January 2012
Author: Steve Pulaski from United States

Even in its short runtime, The Lie manages to provide us with some very convincing characters instead of typical caricatures provided in films now. This is a surreal, sometimes brutally honest look at life when it gives you a little less than what you're hoping for. When reality exceeds your dreams and you begin to enter your midlife crisis when you're twentysomething.

Our main character, Lonnie, is played by The Blair Witch Project's Joshua Leonard. He also gets the writing and directing credits making this his first effort at both. Lonnie is an unsatisfied worker at a video production house, hoping that his music career with his buddy Tank (Webber) will soon take off. His wife Clover (Weixler) is hoping to work at a drug facility as soon as she and Lonnie reach an agreement.

They have a kid together. Six month old Xana, who is cute as a button. But she, sadly, becomes victim to a crucial lie told by Lonnie which I dare not spoil. Soon, Lonnie watches his life spiral out of control, with no end in sight. On top of everything, he worries that his wreck of a life will become a permanent, everyday thing.

I'll save everyone the same misconception I had walking into The Lie - it is not erected from the ground up on the typical, "lie spiraling beyond one's control" schlock. It doesn't throw one over-exaggerated effect after another as one would think until it becomes virtually uncontrollable. It actually becomes pretty humanistic and comparable to maybe one person's real consequences.

Being that this is Leonard's first effort in the directing and writing field, it's important to pick up on how he handles the story and the direction. He does a pretty decent job. Especially in scenes where the film clearly avoids clichés, one being when the lie is finally discovered to be a lie by someone. It doesn't become a screaming, shouting, f-word contest between the two characters. It's handled in a human-like, yet sort of unlikely manner. If someone actually discovered the lie's origin, especially one like this, I believe they would be upset beyond any form of recognition.

That is why the ending is a bit shaky and mildly disrupts the flow of the whole film. We've become so attached to these characters it would've been nice if we had a bit more time to spend with them. It's not that the ending we get is bad, it's just a little unexpected in a sour way. It left me in a strange place. But this is one of those independent films where the ending is very difficult to outline. It's best to contemplate it on your own rather than have someone spell it out for you.

Still, I think what really makes The Lie succeed is the overall idea of the whole thing. We have a man who has told a wretched lie of an incomprehensible nature, yet we still sympathize with him since we sort of understand why he has said such a lie. We don't entirely get it, but we vaguely know where he's coming from. If a film can make me side with a character after such a wretched statement made by him/her, then it's a very well written film.

The Lie is an ingenious, entertaining effort adapted from a short story by T.C. Boyle. The script is managed efficiently, the directing, very indie and very nicely conducted, and the acting from both Leonard and Weixler worthy of recognition.

Starring: Joshua Leonard, Jess Weixler, and Mark Webber. Directed by: Joshua Leonard.

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