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The Lie (2011)

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When they first met, Lonnie and Clover were young idealists, but an unplanned baby forced them to flip the script. Lonnie put his music on hold and got a shitty job. And now Clover is abandoning her activism for an "opportunity" in the corporate world. Drowning in disappointments, Lonnie decides he needs some time off work to reexamine his life. He calls in sick, but his abusive boss demands he show up or get fired. Lonnie panics and tells a shocking lie to justify his absence - and once the lie if out, there's no going back. Now it's only a matter of time before the grenade he's thrown on his life explodes and Lonnie is suddenly pushed to figure out who he is, what he wants, and just maybe, what it means to be a father.


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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: November 18th, 2011 (Limited) by Screen Media Films
MPAA Rating: R for language and some drug use.
(Rating bulletin 2180, 7/13/2011)
Running Time: 80 minutes
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Keywords: Directing Yourself, Relationships Gone Wrong, Delayed Adulthood, Mid-Life Crisis, Unexpected Pregnancy, Therapists / Therapy, Depression, Narcotics
Source:Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Genre:Black Comedy
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Perception Media, Das Film
Production Countries: United States


Jess Weixler    Clover
Mark Webber    Tank
Kelli Garner    Brianne
Alia Shawkat    Seven
Jane Adams    Dr. Ellen Bentel
Gerry Bednob    Radko
Kirk Baltz    Joel
Holly Woodlawn    Cherrie
Allison Anders    Allison
Tipper Newton    Jeannie
Violet Long    Xana

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    Joshua Leonard
Screenwriter    Jess Weixler
Screenwriter    Mark Webber
Screenwriter    Jeff Feuerzeig
Producer    Mary Pat Bentel
Executive Producer    Siriam Das
Executive Producer    Mitchell Goldman
Director of Photography    Benjamin Kasulke
Based on the short story "The Lie"    T.C. Boyle
Editor    Greg O'Bryant
Production Designer    Thomas S. Hammock

Descending on the Limited Releases

November 18th, 2011

It's a great week for limited releases, but not because there are a huge number of releases, but because this week The Descendants comes out. This is Alexander Payne's first feature-length film in seven years. (He directed a segment of Paris, je t'aime since then.) His previous three feature-length films all earned at least one Oscar nomination and it would be a major shock if this film didn't also perform well during Awards Season. There are other films coming out this week, including a few earning good reviews, but their box office chances are dwarfed by this movie's potential. More...

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