The Lie
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The acting in The Lie -- including a nice bit by Mark Webber as a stoner pal who lectures Leonard on responsibility -- is good enough to almost overlook a so-so ending."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"The Lie's payoff strikes an unexpected, refreshingly open note that makes this slight little indie more resonant than its scale suggests."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"Leonard plays Lonnie with unflattering commitment: you've gotta credit a fellow who plays feckless, selfish and dim so fully."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"Leonard does a nice job of ramping up the comedy without sacrificing the believability of the world he's established; the movie is very funny at times but it's never outlandish."
‑ Matt Singer,
"It's funny, touching and truthful and its total lack of cynicism is rare but very welcome."
‑ Don R. Lewis, Film Threat
"Comprising small, near-perfect scenes played out largely at dinner tables and on couches, "The Lie" wonders if it's possible to rewrite lives and remake choices."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Here's a film in which the actors create plausible people we would probably like. They're loose inside the skins of their characters."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A well acted and uncommonly assured and engaging portrait of post-millennial and particularly male uncertainty."
‑ Brent Simon,
"The Lie is a sturdy directorial debut from actor Joshua Leonard."
‑ Ray Greene, Boxoffice Magazine
"An under-the-radar gem that may hit you in ways you never expected long after the credits roll."
‑ Erik Davis, Cinematical
"It doesn't try too hard, but what "The Lie" is working at, in its unassuming, amusing way, is a mini-portrait of growing pains in a time of extended adolescence."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"The movie meanders like its dissatisfied, part-time pothead protagonist, not wisely but too well."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"Embedded in The Lie is a sharp look at the moral limbo of a complacent life, the self-defeat of committing by halves, the self-interest of false equivalencies - but only the shallowest attempts are made to chip its themes out."
‑ Michelle Orange, Movieline
"This is an assured directorial debut that goes beyond what we often see out of indie filmmakers."
‑ Kim Voynar, Movie City News
"A film about accountability that repeatedly absolves its lead character of the need to have any."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine
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