Dangerous Lies

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
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Uninspired woman-in-jeopardy story has violence, swearing.
  • NR
  • 2020
  • 96 minutes

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 8 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Good defeats evil. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Main character who's confident, smart, compassionate, and loyal makes many errors in judgment, ultimately gets away with them, and doesn't appear to learn much. Ethnic diversity in the cast.


Moments of violence and suspense. A restaurant robbery; a character is killed; a fight. Home invasion is a theme: noises, shadowy figures. Discovery of a long-dead body is revealed by a hand hanging over a shelf. A violent hit to the back of the head. Point-blank gunfire kills villain. Someone dies from a fall down a staircase.


A married couple kisses, undresses, and engages in foreplay in several scenes. A woman is seen in her underwear.


Occasional swearing includes "ass," "pissed off," "bitch," "s--t," "hell," "Christ."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Social drinking by adults.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dangerous Lies is a thriller about a conscientious female caregiver named Katie (Camila Mendes) who's in grave danger. After she unexpectedly learns that she's heir to her patient's estate, a series of mysterious events threaten Katie's freedom, her marriage, and her life. Suspenseful/violent scenes include a restaurant robbery in which a fight occurs and someone is killed, the discovery of a long-dead body, point-blank gunfire that results in a bloody death, a fatal fall, and several stealthy home invasions. Occasional swearing includes "s--t," "ass," "hell," "bitch," and "Christ." A married couple kisses passionately, then starts to undress and engages in foreplay, but no actual sexual activity is shown. Some social drinking.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Teen, 13 years old Written bybored_netflixwatcher July 26, 2020

I found this movie really good and interesting.

It’s not as good as I thought it would be but still pretty good. I was expecting lots of violence after watching the trailer but there was not much at all, some... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byphotographer. July 16, 2020

Not as great as i thought it would be :(

I can tell you that when i first saw the trailer, the movie looked really good and i couldn’t wait to watch it. After two months of waiting for the movie to com... Continue reading

What's the story?

Katie (Camila Mendes) and her husband, Adam (Jessie T. Usher) are struggling to make ends meet in DANGEROUS LIES. Adam is a graduate student; Katie works two jobs, but it's still tight. A silver lining in Katie's day job is her wonderful relationship with Leonard (Elliott Gould), an elderly man in her care who appreciates and treasures her. When Katie finds Leonard dead one morning, it sets off a series of events, both good and bad, that will change everything. The sudden appearances of a mysterious realtor and a surprise visit from Leonard's lawyer set the stage for the intrigue that is to come. Leonard's will, naming Katie as his heir, is a shock. Adam's desire for security after a lifetime of poverty sends him in a direction that Katie never expected. Mistakes are made. Fortunes are discovered. Old crimes are unearthed. And, finally, a police detective (Sasha Alexander) begins to suspect both Katie and Adam of betrayal and foul play.

Is it any good?

With a story that advertises "Instant Heiress" and Murder, it shouldn't be hard to fire up an audience, but this routine movie with thin characters and a haphazard plot fails to ignite. Predictable elements like hidden treasures (not one, but two), a psychopathic criminal, a suspicious death, and a dogged policewoman don't help. And it's always a good thing when characters are complex, with strengths and flaws, but in Dangerous Lies, it's difficult to root for a main character who does so many dumb things. The character of Katie when we meet her is smart, kind, and loving, but the "smart" simply disappears. Adam, who is introduced as brave and loyal, is the wrong-headed instrument of his own undoing. Mystery and suspense fans should aim higher.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the violence in Dangerous Lies. How did the first sequence in the movie set the tone for the violent action that would follow? Why is important to be aware of the impact of media violence on kids?

  • How did Katie's own behavior contribute to her problems? Which decisions did she make that were dangerous and unwise? What were the consequences? Did she ever take responsibility for her mistakes?

  • Sometimes a place or an object can be considered "characters" in a movie or story. How was Leonard's house a "character" in this film? How did the building itself and both the interior and exterior of the house affect the story?

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