Friday, October 3, 2014

The Good Lie Review - 3 Stars

Reece Witherspoon takes a page from “The Blind Side” as a young woman trying to help a group of Sudanese “Lost Children” adjust to life in America. Casting real refugees as actors gives this story heart, even though recreating their experience feels a little less than real. Once in America, they struggle to adjust, and struggle with the weight of their chaotic former lives. The story could have turned overly sentimental, but manages to avoid that trap and has a twist that few will resist. Does it deliver what it promises? Uplifting story that deserves telling. Is it entertaining? Well told. Is it worth the price of admission? Worth the effort.