Lying to Be Perfect (2010 TV Movie)
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Instead, we are left with a story where 2 people who meet don't really tell the truth about themselves. One is an assistant writer who has privately written a book under another name giving advice and the man she meets supposedly works on computer chips until it's determined that he is really the son of the publisher. Big deal.
The whole story is contrived and very uninteresting.
I thought the acting was decent. To disagree with the previous reviewer, I found the leads to be engaging and likable. Poppy Montgomery was convincing as both the overweight character in the first half and the newly thin character in the second. Could they have cast a heavier actress to be more authentic? Sure. But wouldn't have have required major weight loss in a short amount of time for said actress? And wouldn't there still be complaints about forcing actresses to be thin? Adam Kaufman played the "cute boy with something mysterious going on" role very well. When you watch a movie on Lifetime, that's all you can ask for.
I could have done without the annoying boss at Shine. She really was annoying, which I suppose was the point. For me, those scenes were the hardest to sit through.
I enjoyed this movie. The conversations between friends were natural, and the topics were real and typical. I thought the romantic leads played off each other nicely. They were believable.
It's hard to complain that more "weight-appropriate" actresses weren't hired to play the three members of the Cinderella Pact because, honestly, how else could they have lost the weight called for in the script without stretching the filming out long enough to break the budget?
To me, the best things in this work are 1) "Cinderella's" gown and slippers, and 2) my discovery of Chelah Horsdal, who plays her best friend.
In closing, I have but one question: has our heroine, who after all is a writer by trade, never heard the term "nom de plume"? Watch the movie to the end, and you'll understand why I ask.
Watch while consuming massive amounts of junk food ;)