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Movie Reviews – The Good Lie – A Great Story

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If you’re looking for movie reviews, have you seen The Good Lie?

I missed it at the theatre and recently watched it at home with my whole family – husband and teenage daughters. I actually love to rent movies online. And The Good Lie is that rare movie you can watch with your children and not find yourself holding your breath about the wide range of material that seems to fall under the PG-13 rating.

Reese Witherspoon stars in this wonderful story, but I have to say it’s the actors who play the characters of Mamere, Jeremiah and Paul who steal the show.

Wikipedia’s plot line: Carrie Davis, a brash American woman, helps four young Sudanese refugees (known as Lost Boys of Sudan) after they win a lottery for relocation to the United States.

Here’s the synopsis from the movie’s website:

Mamere and Theo are sons of the Chief in their village in Southern Sudan.  When an attack by the Northern militia destroys their home and kills their parents, eldest son Theo is forced to assume the role of Chief and lead a group of young survivors, including his sister Abital, away from harm.  But the hostile, treacherous terrain has other dangers in store for them.

As the tattered group makes the difficult trek to Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, they meet other fleeing children, forging a bond with Jeremiah, who, at 13, is already a man of faith, and Paul, whose skills become essential to their survival.

Thirteen years later, the now young adults are given the opportunity to leave the camp and resettle in America.  Upon arriving in Kansas, they are met by Carrie Davis (Witherspoon), an employment agency counselor who has been enlisted to help find them jobs—no easy task, when things like straws, light switches and telephones are brand new to them.

Although Carrie has successfully kept herself from any emotional entanglements, these refugees, who desperately require help navigating the 20th century and rebuilding their shattered lives, need just that.   So Carrie embarks on her own unchartered territory, enlisting the help of her boss, Jack (Corey Stoll).

Together, against the backdrop of their shared losses, the Lost Boys and these unlikely strangers find humor in the clash of cultures, and heartbreak as well as hope in the challenges of life in America.

I think maybe I avoided this one one when it was first released because I was afraid the subject matter might be painful. I was right. It is painful, but I would have missed out on an incredible story if I had taken a pass on this movie.

The characters snare you with their desire to not only live but thrive. They care for each other the way the best of human beings do.

As a writer, I love the reference to the good lie in Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn. Mamere learns about it in the English class he takes once he gets to America and finds an incredible use for it in his own life.

If you need a good movie to rent that will leave a permanent imprint on your heart, reward yourself with a two hour present and experience The Good Lie.

Rent it here.

Buy it here.

Watch the trailer here.

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