The Good Lie

The Good Lie
The Good Lie
  • PG-13
  • 1h 50m
  • 2014
Certified Fresh87%
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They were known simply as "The Lost Boys." Orphaned by the brutal civil war in Sudan, these young victims traveled as many as a thousand miles on foot in search of safety. Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort would bring them to America. Academy Award® winner Reese Witherspoon stars alongside Sudanese actors Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, and newcomer Kuoth Wiel, to bring the story of their survival and triumph to life. Thirteen years after surviving an attack on their village and difficult trek to Kenya, the now young adults are given the opportunity to leave the refugee camp and resettle in America. Upon arriving in Kansas, they are met by Carrie Davis, an employment agency counselor enlisted to help find them jobs -- no easy task, when things like light switches and telephones are brand new to them.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh87%
Critics Consensus: The Good Lie sacrifices real-life nuance in order to turn its true story into a Hollywood production, but the results still add up to a compelling, well-acted, and deeply moving drama.
Little White Lies
David Jenkins

This timely, light comic study of what it means to be a refugee makes for a refreshingly un-hector...

June 25, 2017
Chicago Reader
Ben Sachs

The main characters are played by actual refugees-two of whom were child soldiers-and their uninfl...

June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Heartbreaking but hopeful drama about Sudanese Lost Boys.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Good Lie is a feel-good drama that centers on the Lost Boys of Sudan, young adults who as children in Africa survived unthinkable circumstances (terrible violence, 1,000-mile treks to refugee camps, and more) and in some cases were lucky enough to win lottery visas to the United States. Expect scenes of heartbreaking tragedy early in the movie: kids who die of starvation and exposure; soldiers who burn a village and kill everyone in it, orphaning the main characters; an older brother who sacrifices himself to save younger siblings and friends. The movie (which stars Reese Witherspoon and shares an executive producer with The Blind Side) also doesn't shy away from showing just how lonely, difficult, and sad it can be to move somewhere new where you're safe but don't understand the culture. There's also some swearing, drinking, drug use (marijuana), and a scene of implied sex (nothing graphic shown). All of that said, despite the upsetting moments, The Good Lie is also hopeful and educational and will encourage audiences to do their part to help war refugees.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:October 3, 2014
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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