Netpix: The Good Lie

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Review Rating: 7/10

Staring: Arnold Oceng, Reese Witherspoon, Ger Duany & Emmanuel Jal

Genre: Drama

When to watch: A lazy Sunday afternoon on the sofa

Plot synopsis: The films follows the lives of a group of young Sudanese children that due to the ravages of war in their home country, seek safety in a refugee camp and then eventually in America. From start to finish they are met with barriers and difficulties, however there are also elements of light-heartedness that add a realness to the bonds that are shared between the characters and help the viewer to navigate what is in parts a truly harrowing story.  The true beauty of The Good Lie is in the resilience and unity that sees the protagonists through the experience of first surviving an attack on their village and eventually acclimatising to the cultural differences of America and its many intricacies.

Despite Reese Witherspoon being the headline actor on the billing, this film is much more than a vehicle for a Hollywood A-lister to strut their stuff on something with a bit more depth. The real stars of the show are the Sudanese Actors (and actors of Sudanese decent), some of whom have real experience of the war type scenes depicted in the film.

The film serves as a reminder that the effects of war are long-lasting and far-reaching past the news headlines that they may garner and as such there is also a charitable fund associated with the film to help South Sudanese Children in crisis

You can donate to the Good Lie Fund at

* Netpix rating system

0 = Starring Jack Black
1 = Didn’t get past the first 30minutes of the film.
2 = Did not finish the film it was that bad
3 = That is time I will never get back
4 = Piss poor
5 = Good for killing some time with
6 = Good film
7 = Great Film
8 = A future classic
9 = A classic
10 = One of the greatest films of all time


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