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The Lie (2011)

R | | Drama | 11 November 2011 (USA)
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A man's life is altered unexpectedly after telling a lie to get out of work.


Joshua Leonard


T. Coraghessan Boyle (short story), Jeff Feuerzeig (additional material) | 3 more credits »



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Credited cast:
James Ransone ... Weasel
Alia Shawkat ... Seven
Kelli Garner ... Brianna
Mark Webber ... Tank
Jess Weixler ... Clover
Jane Adams ... Dr. Bentel
Joshua Leonard ... Lonnie
Kirk Baltz ... Joel
Matthew Newton ... Steve
Gerry Bednob ... Radko
Allison Anders ... Allison
Tipper Newton ... Jeannie
Lola Blanc ... Green-Eyed Girl (as Kandice Melonakos)
Mike McColl ... Ted (as Michael McColl)
Holly Woodlawn ... Cherry


A man's life is altered unexpectedly after telling a lie to get out of work.

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He's about to have a moment of truth.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some drug use

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Release Date:

11 November 2011 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA


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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,000, 20 November 2011

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tell the truth....it will set you free. Tell the lie...it will set you on fire
29 July 2016 | by tdrishSee all my reviews

Meet Lonnie. He's working a dead end job, and has a major dick for a boss. He's hoping to get off the "boulevard of broken dreams" for a music career with his friend Tank, but they are both stoners, so will any of these dreams happen? Now, meet Clover. She, too, is looking for the best things in life, and is hoping for a great job in the future, but this all relies too heavily on what decisions Lonnie makes. Now, meet Xana. She's an adorable, six month old baby girl, and she belongs to the parents of Lonnie and Clover. Lonnie wants to get out of his job, mainly due to complete job satisfaction. Most of the time, he doesn't even show up to work, calling off, and leaving a boss cussing him out over the phone. One day, he decides to call off, and his boss tells him that if he does not come in on that day, that he will be fired. In response, Lonnie tells "The Lie", which cannot be back pedaled. I can't spoil what this lie is, it's the main vein of this film. What I can tell you, is if you are looking for a comedy with loads of laughs, "The Lie" is not the movie you are looking for. I found it to be a very emotional ride, which is probably what Joshua wanted it to be. What you can expect, is a movie that will challenge the viewer to see what the outcome is by telling a so called "white lie". There is no such thing as a white lie. A lie is a lie. If you are not being truthful, you are a liar. The lines, however, between what a "white lie" and a "huge lie" are are blurred here. Telling his boss this lie has triggered a chain of events, and it leaves Lonnie feeling as if he's lost all control of the wheel. In the meantime, a wife is in the dark on what is going on, and an innocent child has suddenly fallen victim to a lie that was told in less then five words. ( I think it was only three words!) "The Lie" may not make you laugh even once, however, what you can expect is a movie that will make you feel, think, and possibly smile. I found it to be an unappreciated treasure, in the wonderful maze of bullshit major titles crank out, sometimes the great movies are the obscure ones, and "The Lie" falls in that category. It's not perfect by any standard, I don't even believe it even tries to be. However, the hidden message is in clear view on this one, and if you don't know what that hidden message is, you need to watch it again. The climax of the film relies on weather or not he will reveal his lie to his wife, and in the end, it appears he will have no choice whatsoever, so the ending will be seeing how she will react, and if she will even want to continue staying with the person that she loves very much. I highly recommend this movie, and please disregard the low rating this movie is drawing in.

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