Where the Truth Lies
Source: Catholic News Service
Stylish but unnecessarily salacious retronoir murder mystery based on the novel by Rupert Holmes. A young celebrity journalist (Alison Lohman), in researching a tell-all book on a Martin and Lewis-like comedy team (Colin Firth and Kevin Bacon), attempts to uncover the real story behind their breakup 15 years earlier and the true circumstances surrounding the death of a female fan (Rachel Blanchard) whose body was found in their hotel suite, the scandalous fallout of which tainted their showbiz careers and ruptured their friendship. Despite outstanding performances by Firth and Bacon, artful production design and a sensuous score, director Atom Egoyan's film makes pretensions about the nature of truth and celebrity, but is essentially a glossy whodunit wrapped up in nostalgia and glamour and spiced with soft-core sleaze and gratuitous nudity for titillating effect, and in the end doesn't even deliver much suspense. Several strong sex scenes, including an orgy, a lesbian encounter and a menage a trois, full-frontal nudity, homoerotic themes, a suicide, drug content, a brutal beating, and sporadic rough and crude language. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.
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