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Parents' Guide to

The Good Liar

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Not much for kids in mature, unexpectedly violent thriller.

Movie R 2019 109 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 18+

Not for under 18

There are plenty of idiots leaving reviews of this film, suggesting this movie is appropriate for kids as young as 10? 13? There is a scene in a strip club, it shows women in thongs and fully bare breasted....last I checked, if you were under the age of 18 you were not aloud to walk into a strip club or view pornographic material so I don’t see how so many People are suggesting this movie is appropriate in anyway shape or form for minors? Other than that the movie is fine, it’s not terrible, it’s not amazing. I would suggest watching it on like Netflix for free rather than renting it.
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age 18+

this movie is NOT FOR KIDS It's only for ADULTS

there's scene of strip club, violance, murder and Sexual harassment

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (4 ):

Bill Condon's thriller has been described as a game of cat and mouse, but "labyrinth" might be a better description. Each reveal doesn't build upon clues but rather diverts into an entirely different direction. You can see something coming, but it's definitely not the twist. To some degree, The Good Liar is a mystery, with the audience trying to guess what Roy has up his sleeve and hoping that naive, trusting Betty has something up hers, too. But a mystery is like a game show: The audience plays along at home. And if Pat Sajak suddenly told you that "B-RD" was actually "CAROUSEL," you'd be up in arms and might never watch his show again.

To that end, this film really is about how life is a "wheel of fortune," showing how one selfish, bad act can change the course of many lives. But buried among the reveals are a myriad of other stories worth telling, which could be movies on their own merits. In fact, Roy and Betty go see Inglorious Basterds, and viewers see an extremely violent moment from that film: Hitler getting destroyed by machine guns. But why? Perhaps to set the tone for the gory violence that's on the way (which also begs the question, why?). There's no doubt that The Good Liar is primed for Boomers and their parents -- there's really not much for kids here -- but who signs up to see two of cinema's icons match wits and also wants to see someone's face get horrendously blown off? The battle of maneuvers is intriguing and leaves the audience with a temporary moment of satisfaction, but as they watch the credits and rethink the plot, the words on their mind will likely be "but why...?"

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