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Lying (2009)

Jena Malone , Chloe Sevigny , M. Blash  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jena Malone, Chloe Sevigny, Leelee Sobieski
  • Directors: M. Blash
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Virgil Films and Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 12, 2009
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001UWOLS4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,106 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lying" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

When a long weekend brings four women together in the countryside, each of them is forced to navigate the depths of social interaction as virtual strangers. How well do we really know the friends we make in adulthood? And in an age of lies, what can be made of the person who tells untruths so small they serve no obvious purpose?

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A pointless and confused movie... May 11, 2009
I have only been burned twice in the last six years in how I research ordering for my store. Welcome to the 2nd. The same reviews shown here got planted/pasted at numerous sites on the Internet, supplemented by a couple others from crew members to make this sound like a masterpiece.

At approximately 22 minutes into the film I decided to do the research to see what went wrong on me even paying for this mess. We have a story about four women uniting at a country home for unknown reasons and with unknown motives. Throw in some horrible hand-held camera work, bad film quality, characters you learn nothing about or why they are even talking to each other, senseless dialogue, boring performances and voila: 94 non-returnable minutes.

I even tried to get this from the point of view of my customers having a ladies night or wanting to see something edgy or fascinating. Nothing I listed could qualify for that. Yes, I am pissed I wasted money for a movie most customers will find boring, meaningless and poorly written - but even as into minimalist films as I am - this is a definite skipper.

DVD: Todd Haynes' interview of M and the commentary are a double dose of furtherance into this film, so if you enjoyed this, it makes it a purchase item, otherwise be careful on this one.

Edit: The reviews have been removed (at least at the moment) - so in case one is wondering what the heck I am babbling about, I swear there were two other reviews here...
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I'm Not Lying, Avoid This Movie June 15, 2009
Looks really promising, Chloe Sevigny (The Brown Bunny), Leelee Sobieski, Maya Goldsmith (Lipstick Jungle), and two very beautiful women, Jena Malone and Halley Wegryn Gross. I thought, oh some cinema verite, all these gorgeous women together, even if they sat around and talked this would be special; and there was a huge promise, not rated - who could predict what would happen?

Oh this film is such a mess. Anyone that has seen The Brown Bunny - this whole movie is like the lead up to the hotel scene. It's slightly better, in that we don't just see a guy driving a car for an hour; in Lying you get to see each of these women doing something, moving around, doing things. So there is some movement. But there's no pay off, nothing, nada, niente, rien. The Brown Bunny at least had that very intense scene that is actually very memorable.

This is seriously all that happens in this film, Chloe Sevigny rearranges some odd bits and pieces in a house. She disconnects the phones and hides them. What appear to be three girl friends arrive. They are shown their room (oh my goodness, the brunette, Maya Goldsmith, made up to look homely, carts her suitcase all over the house for no reason). They get groceries. They unload the groceries. We get to see Leelee Sobieski spying on the house from a distance. The four girls cook dinner. They eat dinner. They talk about (this is the first real conversation in the film), Chole's parents dying and leaving her a bunch of money. Turns out none of these girls are really Chole's friends. They clean up the dishes. They sleep. They play croquet. Leelee does really pitiful semifore signalling (no idea why). She sneaks over. Talks with Chloe. And the movie ends. Riviting.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Liked It! July 17, 2012
By Beanboy
I guess I'm the only one that liked this movie. :( I thought it was subtle, well written and interesting. No, there are no bomb blasts, no cgi and no special effects. Just 4 women who have a very complicated relationship. The thing I found most intriguing is that the main character played by Chloe Sevigny is obviously a sociopath. I've also known people like her so I thought this film was very genuine and true to that type of personality. I'm not a film student or a critic and I don't know anything about independent films like EVERYONE who's posted comments here seems to. I just liked it as a regular person. Maybe you will too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I hope M's next one is better June 22, 2010
I agree with much of what has been said by the other reviewers. I am, however, in a more relaxed place because I spent $1 for this movie at a video store going out of business. So, I am not angered by the outlay of cash, as others were. The movie was OK and made sense only after I watched the interview of the director in the Special Features. I believe there is some substance to this tale, and not an altogether waste. I was struck by how sexless the movie is. The actresses are neither sensual nor interested in sex. Why would a group of women, alone, not talk about sex or men(or women)? Lee Lee Sobieski's talents were wasted in this movie. I could see Jena Malone trying to make things happen. I will probably watch it again to see if I agree with my own remarks. If Lying is accepted by Criterion Collection, I will seriously doubt my own judgment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting indie film August 28, 2011
By sogrady
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Although several of the reviewers were disappointed with the film, I found it at least interesting from a film-making perspective. The scenery of rural New York (near the Berkshires) is beautiful, as is the house they used during filming. Everything, including the weather, is sort of gauzy and quiet (very little music in the film). It's true that the plot (if it can be called that), is loose at best, so do not watch this film expecting a significant story. The gist, as I understood it: a woman invites a friend from yoga and two interns (?? they're college students "working" for the hostess) to her country home. Over the course of the movie, the hostess tells her guests that her parents died, left her money with which, it is implied, she built the house. None of the women seem to know each other very well; a point that is underscored by the seemingly pointless but repeated lies/untruths told by the hostess. (The story is not revealed entirely in chronological order.)

If you enjoy cinéma vérité and the opportunity to observe, there are worse ways to spend ninety minutes than letting this quiet little film wash over you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars M Blash isn't being truthful either...
Ok, this is just a terrible movie. I knew that going into this. But what, or who rather, I expected to see in this movie was Leelee Sobieski. Read more
Published 4 months ago by K. Nash
4.0 out of 5 stars Still water runs deep
Provocative. It's a slow and steady pace. The performances were strong yet perfectly balanced with subtlety. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Theresa
2.0 out of 5 stars Tea: I think one sip is quite enough, bunny.
Overall, an incredibly boring and uninspiring film.
The story follows a group of young attractive women who spend a weekend together in the country, to relax and unwind,... Read more
Published on February 24, 2012 by Rantings Of a Girl
1.0 out of 5 stars A movie about nothing.
This movie was completely pointless. The costumes were terrible. The continuity was absent. Definitely do not recommend spending any time watching this at all.
Published on February 3, 2012 by Laura Kathman
5.0 out of 5 stars Give this Film a chance or two chances.
Hi, so you guys have heard that this movie is boring and you are checking out the reviews for any signs of this, well they're wrong this film is great but I will say you need to... Read more
Published on July 3, 2011 by crookedtimber31
1.0 out of 5 stars Just lost the last 2 hours of my life
I love independent films, and I love Chloe Sevigny, Leelee Sobieski, and Jena Malone, so I was super excited when I discovered this movie with all 3 of them (! Read more
Published on January 14, 2011 by dolphingirl
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, but yes, very subtle.
I fell in love with the trailer from M. Blash's Lying the first time I saw it, but after reading the reviews on here I expected the worst. Read more
Published on October 5, 2009 by C. Kahle
2.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to like it, but ...
I really wanted to like Lying. I like Chloe Sevigny. I like Jenna Malone. I like artsy movies. I like women. However, I quickly felt perplexed, confused and bored by the movie. Read more
Published on August 2, 2009 by Blair Davis
1.0 out of 5 stars boring
The talented cast is what caught my attention. Unfortunately the film didn't do anything for me. It's too darn boring. Read more
Published on July 10, 2009 by Philip Fleischer
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