Parents' Guide to

The Lie

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Some violence, language in compelling thriller-drama.

Movie R 2018 97 minutes
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Yall should watch this

It was a great movie and I don't think it should be rated R. I honestly think it is good for 14+. There was just a bit of swearing but other than that it is pretty great. :)

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Too much swearing

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Kids say (6):

While engaging in the moment, this movie's sum doesn't equal its parts. There's plenty that's working -- the acting, the eerie, cold mood evoked by the direction, the pacing -- but the deeper the story gets into the morass of two divorced parents doing everything possible to protect their daughter, the more The Lie's twists provoke eyerolls more than surprise. These ludicrous twists and turns to the story eventually destroy any sense of suspension of disbelief that the audience may have had, to the point where one feels like they were on the receiving end of a lie almost as much as anyone in the movie.

In spite of the result, the journey is, admittedly, an enjoyable story of deception breeding more deception as the consequences only make things worse. It's almost a cliche by this point to create mood through silence and dim winter light and gray colors, but in this case, it works. The tension between the characters, where they were before the cataclysmic event (divorce, Dad in a mid-life crisis, teen girl struggling to find acceptance), and their struggles to maintain the crumbling facade is palpable, and certainly one of the best parts of the movie.

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