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L.I.E.

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Released 2001

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Director:
Michael Cuesta
Released:
2001
Rating:
R
L.I.E. is a 2001 drama starring Paul Franklin Dano and Brian Cox in a story about one young man’s coming-of-age as he explores death and sexuality along the Long Island Expressway. Howie Blitzer (Dano) is a troubled young man. His mother has recently died in a car accident, leaving Howie with only his caring but emotionally unavailable father Marty (Bruce Altman). Howie’s friends are a gang of troublemakers and they all routinely break into houses together looking for easy money. One such break-in leads Howie into the house of a pedophile named Big John (Cox), who finds out Howie was responsible for the theft of two valuable pistols. The two men form an unstable relationship, as John becomes a father figure to Howie and Howie becomes an object of desire for John. This is the first starring role in a feature film for Paul Franklin Dano, the young actor who would go on to earn several major award nominations for his work in films like There Will Be Blood and Little Miss Sunshine. L.I.E. wowed audiences at the Sundance film festival and won two Independent Spirit Awards.moreless

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  • 80

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    At its best, L.I.E. offers a rich, dark, bitter slice of contemporary life. But the film's arty embellishments undermine its bleak vision, making it, in the end, a little too easy ...

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    L.I.E. has embraced tragedy, folly, perversity and outrageous dark humor. Like "Happiness" and "American Beauty," it takes an unflinching look at the darker aspects of life in Amer...

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The ending is a cheap shot. An inconclusive ending would have been better, and perhaps more honest. The movie and the ending have so little in common that it's as if the last scene...

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    Drama

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    Independent, Crime