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Product Details

  • Actors: Brian Cox, Billy Kay (II), Bruce Altman, James Costa, Tony Michael Donnelly
  • Directors: Michael Cuesta
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: New Yorker Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 4, 2002
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000065AZY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,773 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "L.I.E. (Rated Version)" on IMDb

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Customer Reviews

It's safe to say I'm not the only one moved by this movie, watch it.
Matthew Kunka
He's a very relatable character who is developed in a much more straight forward and observant way than most films really care to.
Tristan
Howie becomes disillusioned about peer friendships, about parental relationships, about sex, and about trust.
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348 of 365 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 18, 2002
Format: DVD
It is not surprising to me that viewers are so quick to bandy labels around while discussing L.I.E.. Pigeonholes make matters of the heart that are otherwise complicated and hazy, easy to deal with for those who hate to think or be challenged. If that's what the creators of this excellent film wanted to do, they would've issued out black and white cowboy hats to the actors.
But this movie is not simplistic. Listening to the commentaries by both the director, Michael Cuesta, and Brian Cox (Big John), I noticed that neither ever utters the word "pedophile" in relation to Big John (In fact, the film itself shows he not only desires young teenagers, but young, adult men of 18-21 range, and women as well). Nor do they peg Howie as a "gay youth"--in fact, they both deny that Howie's sexual identity is set. That's because L.I.E. is not about categories, it is about the complexities of the human heart that lie beneath the surface.
For myself, L.I.E. is about two things: (1) discovering the difference between love and lust, and (2) the fundamental condition of human loneliness and our search for honest intimacy. After the recent death of his mother, Howie has just discovered deep loneliness and is trying to resolve it as fast as he can; running away to California for adventure with a rebellious, sexy friend seems like the magic pill/instant cure for all his problems. As for Big John, years before the time of this film he decided to quench his loneliness in shallow sex with males of various ages, and in creating broad yet shallow relationships with the prominent members of his community. Yet he's never allowed anyone to get inside and really touch his heart, apparently not even his current adult lover/roommate.
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91 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Peter Carlson on March 16, 2002
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Too many people require a big round of applause for this marvelous film. Michael Cuesta's first feature length film is extremely controversial, and at some times disturbing. Yet it is remarkably well written, well directed, and well acted. Howie(a stunning performance by newbie actor Paul Franklin Dano) is a 15 year old boy growing up in Long Island. His mother was killed on the L.I.E(long island expressway), his estranged father hardly knows him, he only has 1 friend who is planning on leaving for california. So needless to say Howie has nothing. This movie is a coming of age story where howie befriends a pederast named Big John(brilliantlly portrayed by veteran actor Brian Cox, the original Hannibal Lector) who ends up becomming a father figure to Howie.
There are homosexual references in the movie, but this is not a movie about homosexuality. There are references to pedophillia in the movie, but this is not a movie about pedophillia. It is a story about a boy who finds that important something in his life that is missing. This movie is controversial because one of the main characters is a pedophile; yet when you see what importance he has on Howies' life you begin to feel sympathetic for the man. Regardless of this, there are no inapropriate sex scenes, over the top violence, or extreme vulgar language that you find in most movies today. Yet this was unfortunetly given an NC-17 rating, stopping many people from viewing this terrific film.
Keep an open mind when watching this film and take it for what it is, an extremely down to earth, emotional coming of age story. I honestly cannot give enough praise to director Michael Cuesta and actors Paul Franklin Dano and Brian Cox. Independent or not, this has to be one of the best films of 2001 - A must see for any movie fan!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 4, 2002
Format: DVD
It's no wonder that this movie has had mounds of awards and critical praise heaped upon it. It's truly remarkable and lingers with you long after the viewing. I'll not recap the plot as that can be found in Amazon.com's review, but in all earnestness, to take such disquieting subject matter and craft it into a touching and thought-provoking movie is the work of no small talent indeed. Cuestra deserves all the accolades he receives for this alone. The performances turned in by Brian Cox, Paul Franklin Dano and Billy Kay are truly devastating in their sincerity, especially those of Cox and Dano. I can scarcely contain the respect I have for people who are so truly gifted as to deliver such compelling and believable performances. One of my favorite lines from a review of this movie summed up the humanity of the pedarest Big John best by saying something to the effect that the victim was choosing to be ensnared, but the predator chose not to strike. Truly, this is not a "sick man" to be easily encapsulated and defined, and summarily dismissed -- he is just a man who lives with his unfortunate sickness, much as do alcoholics, drug addicts or pathological adulterers. This is certainly not a "date" movie, nor is one for the closed of mind or prudish of spirit, but for the open and engaged mind, you'll find few movies as haunting and effective as "L.I.E."
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Adam on June 18, 2002
Format: DVD
I just saw this film, after hearing a great deal about it. I must say that all the controversy that has surrounded this movie is completely unwarrented. This was a beautiful, heart-breakingly done coming-of-age story. The pedophilia angle is merely one aspect of a very multi-faceted film. The acting was uniformly excellent, and the direction and cinematography were superb. Along with Mulholland Drive and Donnie Darko, one of the finest films of 2001. I suppose it is necessary to say that this film might be disturbing to some viewers, but art is not made to escape to. Nor is life, for that matter.
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