Telling Lies in America

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Released 1997

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Director:
Guy Ferland
Released:
1997
Rating:
PG-13
Karchy Jonas was born in Hungary and immigrated to Cleveland in the early 1960s, where he felt adrift in a strange sea of American culture. Jonas tries to fit in at his Catholic high school but finds himself a laughing stock. At home, his stern father insists that he adhere to traditional Hungarian ways. Karchy's only respite is the rock & roll he adores. A year before he arrived, flashy, failed disc jockey Billy Magic rolled into town, found a job at WHK and became the host of the High School Hall of Fame contest, something that Karchy decides he must win so he too can be cool and therefore impress his classmate Diney. Eventually, he does win and before long has made friends with Billy. The DJ proves to be a real pal and pays Karchy to run errands and do odd jobs for him. Some of those tasks involve taking money from promoters. When not working, Billy introduces Karchy to life's wild side. But despite the fun, there is much the naive youth is destined to learn the hard way about his new buddy Billy.moreless

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  • 70

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    The movie is loaded with heart and the feel for local color and period detail that can only come out of a personal reminiscence.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    The film is also strengthened by a pair of adroit lead performances by Brad Renfro and Kevin Bacon, actors who completely understand their characters and know how to make the most ...

  • 60

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Unswervingly sincere and dramatic without surprise or revelation, screenwriter Joe Eszterhas' longtime pet project may be personal, but it offers little to audiences that hasn't be...

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