Telling Lies in America
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Its fair to say that Telling Lies In America has its fair share of cliches. Those little cornets every coming of age film has to play. You have your hypocritical teacher/priest, your unattainable female Diney, her overbearing suitor Henry (Luke Wilson) and most importantly, Billy Magic (Kevin Bacon). Magic is one of those characters most filmgoers could draw from memory; the slicked back hair, the envy inducing array of lady-friends, babbling on his radio show in his all important "slanguage" while he offers his listeners some "ear conditioning" on a particularly hot day. Karchy is in awe of him.Read more ›
Maximillian Schell is back on the screen, and welcome as the father of Esterhaz' alter-ego, Karchy Jonas. He is a bit puzzling until you learn that he was a highly educated man in his native Hungary, forced into menial labor in his new country of choice. He has instilled his belief in the power of being an American citizen in his son, Karchy, played by Brad Renfro. Renfro is believable and gives a delicious naivete to the role of Karchy, both in his words and deeds. His relationship to an older woman, Diney (Calista Flockhart looking real, not just cute) makes sense when you see how much she yearns for his honesty and his sense of wonder. Despite a high ethical standard set by his father, Karchy is a noted fabricator of fibs. Everyone who hears his stock line "Lots of times", knows he is lying.
Enter Kevin Bacon, the perfect Svengali for a boy looking to become a man in the "coolest" way possible. Bacon is a hot disc jockey, whose personal code of honor is questionable. There is no question that this is one of his strongest performances ever. From body language to his Texas twang, his regret at how his life turned out (from a brief glimpse he shares late in the movie) makes him a standout playing an early 60's "lounge lizard". Bacon has a fine portfolio of work, but this is his ultimate role.
Music and set are perfect for this nostalgic look back to the 60's. A great film, underappreciated by many.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great movie but taking stars off for overpricing the DVD version compared to the Blu Ray. You can get a double feature Blu Ray containing both Telling Lies in American... Read morePublished 6 months ago by John P.
Reminder of Times Past and 1st generation Americans. Some filming near Cleveland, Ohio. Nostalgic entertainment. Good film. Nostalgic format too.Published 7 months ago by m.f.
The movie is okay but I would not say it's one of Kevin Bacon's best.Published 12 months ago by Lawrence C. Matthews
i loved "Telling Lies in America"!!..its from 1997..has Brad Renfro(R.I.P. buddy)..and Kevin Bacon in it..very good cast..and good music too.. Read morePublished on June 22, 2014 by Andrew Zoeller
I loved this movie. The performances were terrific. I would recommend it highly to anyone who wants to see a good film.Published on June 7, 2014 by Francine Roberts
I was entertained by my first run experience in a theatre and just as well on DVD. Bacon plays a drifter-DJ that moves from town to town, with the same payola scheme, just managing... Read morePublished on September 18, 2013 by M. Haney
Wanted to like this movie, sounded good from the reviews. I kept sitting there thinking maybe it might start getting better. Read morePublished on August 2, 2013 by kimmiesm