The Lie
Rated R


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Based on the acclaimed New Yorker short story by T.C. Boyle, THE LIE is a candid, yet charming look at how a seemingly harmless and momentary lapse of judgment can lead to life-altering calamity. Lonnie (HUMPDAY'S Joshua Leonard) and Clover (TEETH'S Jess Weixler) were once young idealists -- destined to change the world, until an unanticipated pregnancy derailed their plans. Instead of making their mark, the pair finds themselves trapped in a bourgeois nightmare, hosting BBQ's and arguing about organic diapers. Clover is in her final year of law school, while Lonnie, stuck in a nine-to-five routine, remains in a daze about the artistic lifestyle they were forced to abandon.

Deciding he needs some time away from his soul-sucking job to renew his stalled aspirations, Lonnie calls in sick and creates a shocking lie to justify his absence. Swept away in a series of misadventures beyond his control, he attempts to close the Pandora's box, but finds that it is too late. As Lonnie's crudely constructed lie begins to unravel, THE LIE takes us on a journey of self-discovery as it astutely examines what it means to be an adult, and the steps we all take to get there...eventually.

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PRINCIPAL CAST:   Joshua Leonard, Jess Weixler, Mark Webber, Violet Long, Kelli Garner, Alia Shawkat, Jane Adams, P.J. Ransone, Gerry Bednob, Gwyn Fawcett, Tipper Newton, Matthew Newton

DIRECTOR:   Joshua Leonard

WRITER:   T.C. Boyle, Joshua Leonard

PRODUCER:   Mary Pat Bentel

GENRE   Comedy/Drama

RATING   Rated R anguage and some drug use

RUN TIME   80 Minutes

STUDIO   Screen Media Films