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Lying and Stealing (2019)

R | | Crime, Drama | 12 July 2019 (USA)
2:08 | Trailer
Ivan steals art for the Greek. He wants out but can he? He meets an actress at 2 of his "jobs". She has her own problems but helps him.


Matt Aselton





Credited cast:
Theo James ... Ivan
Emily Ratajkowski ... Elyse
Fred Melamed ... Dimitri
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aris Alvarado ... Pool Man
Fernanda Andrade ... Mary
Tim Bader ... Aaron
Joe Bucaro III ... Anatoli / Aristotle
Rod Chaouqi ... Soroush
Ray Ray Chase ... Art Party House Guest
Mia Cheung ... Cindy
Frank Clem ... John Wolfe
Taji Coleman ... Janice
Tomer David ... Bartender (as Tom David)
Davie-Blue ... Melanie
Frank Gallegos ... FBI Agent


Ivan "Theo James" is a gifted and discerning art thief who wants out. Elyse "Emily Ratajkowski" is an aspiring actress whose own past transgressions in Hollywood haunt her, as well as a mountain of debt.These two outsiders are drawn to each other.

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Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexual content/nudity, violence and drug use | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


At 53:20, after Elyse leaves the craps table, the dice roller calls for a drink. Then he picks up the dice and turns to accept the drink. The dice in his right-hand breaks the plane of the table. If this were to happen in a real casino, the croupier would be all over the player and would be required to change the dice. See more »


Dimitri: Smell my neck.
Ray Warding: Uh, I am truly the least qualified person to smell you.
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References The Sopranos (1999) See more »


Lonely Girl
Written by Winfred 'Blue' Lovett (as Wilfred Lorenzo Lovette)
Performed by The Lovettes
Courtesy of Carnival Records
By Arrangement with Westwood Music Group
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Not too bad of a B-grade film, coming from a newb writer/director.
13 July 2019 | by TopDawgCriticSee all my reviews

This certainly isn't a film that everyone will be raving about, but hey, filmmakers have to start somewhere right? Considering that point, this film was no too bad to say the least.

This is newb filmmaker Matt Aselton's second writing credit, and third directing credit. Yes there were some flaws in the writing - plot issues and pacing, but the directing (camera work) was actually on point - aside from the few slo-mo scenes, and his inexperience in directing his cast was evident. Otherwise, mad respect for Matt Aselton's final result.

Theo James and Emily Ratajkowski worked well together, and their characters where somewhat convincing, but again, that (somewhat ) was from the lack of experience from the director. Fred Melamed was also decent in his slimy/creepy boss-man role as Dimitri.

I also feel the film could've been edited a little better, and perhaps down from the 100 min length, to about 85-90 mins, with faster pacing.

Nevertheless, for a low budget B-grade film from a newbie filmmaker, I still enjoyed it and was quite impressed with Aselton's third ever film.

It certainly is undeserving of the current low rating... people need to learn how to rate a film based on its merits, and not compare it to big budget Hollywood films with A-list cast and filmmakers. So it's a well deserving 7.5 rounded up to an 8/10 from me. Mad props for the producers to not fill IMDb with fake reviews, as most new low budget films have. And if anyone is questioning my review as being fake, click on my username to see my 600+ reviews and 1000+ ratings - and read my profile on how to properly rate a film.

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Release Date:

12 July 2019 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA


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2.35 : 1
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