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"Telling Lies In America"

When Joe Eszterhas wrote, "Telling Lies in America" he drew from his own experiences, as an immigrant, growing up in Cleveland. They are many and he manages to weave a tapestry of what it was like being young and on the outside.

Brad Renfro plays the teenager who idolizes, the very hot and cool disc jockey, played by Kevin Bacon. Kevin really understands this characterization and plays it to the hilt. One of the best roles he has had in sometime. Maximillian Schell plays Renfro's immigrant father, who wants to become naturalized, in a country that he has migrated to and sometimes finds it hard to understand, how to play the game, by American rules. Schell even in a small role is a gem. He brings a polished luster and you know you are in the presence of a gifted actor. Brad Renfro's performance as the naïve teenager, captures the pain of growing up and trying to understand a world that changes constantly for him. From trying to be in love to his first sexual encounter, to job changing, to bonding with his father, his friends and finally ultimately being betrayed as part of the growing up process.

Guy Ferland, guides the whole story with delicate sensitivity. You experience all the happenings with a gulp in your throat and wish you could help, yet you know everyone has to learn for themselves. You are touched and emotionally drained by knowing the obvious truths of their lives. With so many movies leaving you on empty, it is gratifying to have one that says simplicity still counts. Don't leave your heart on the counter.

Telling Lies In America
U.S. distributor: Banner Entertainment
Produced and directed by: Guy Ferland
With: Brad Renfro, Kevin Bacon, Calista Flockhart, Maximilian Schell, Paul Dooley
Producers: Ben Myron, Fran Kuzui
Written by: Joe Eszterhas
Cinematography by: Reynaldo Villalobos
Music by: Nicholas Pike
Production design by: James A. Gelarden
Costume design by: Laura Cunningham, Heather Priest
Film edited by: Jill Savitt
Rated: PG-13
Limited release 24 October 1997
Official Selection New York Film Festival
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Original Date Monday 10 November 1997
Updated Tuesday 11 November 1997