The Good Liar
The Good Liar
- 1h 50m
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Career con man Roy (Ian McKellen) sets his sights on his latest mark: recently widowed Betty (Helen Mirren), worth millions. And he means to take it all. But as the two draw closer, what should have been another simple swindle takes on the ultimate stakes. Legendary actors Mirren and McKellen star together on screen for the first time in this suspenseful drama about the secrets people keep and the lies they live.
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: The Good Liar is less than the sum of its prestigious parts, but Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren keep the proceedings consistently watchable.
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Common Sense Says
Not much for kids in mature, unexpectedly violent thriller.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Good Liar is a fraud/scam drama based on Nicholas Searle's novel about a con man and his target. Widow Betty (Helen Mirren) meets a gentleman (Ian McKellan) through an online dating site. Viewers quickly realize that he has insincere intentions: When not charming her, he's taking a meeting at a strip club (topless dancers wear only G-strings) or being physically violent with an adversary. Overall, the violence feels more extreme than the movie calls for, with some brutal altercations and grotesque deaths. Betty is quite sharp and displays admirable self-control, including setting sexual boundaries despite efforts to persuade her otherwise. But the movie also includes assault and rape. And very few scenes don't involve drinking (wine, champagne, scotch, etc.) -- something is always on the table or in the hand of an elegant adult. Profanity isn't frequent, but it is harsh ("bitch," "f--k," "s--t," and more).
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- Genre:Drama, Thriller
- Release Date:November 15, 2019
- Languages:English, Spanish
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:No
If purchased in:4K
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