The Good Lie parents guide

The Good Lie

The tale of three Sudanese refugees trying to make a home in America.

Overall B+

Carrie Davis (Reese Witherspoon) is forced to go above and beyond her job description as an employment counselor when she agrees to help three refugees from Sudan, Africa settle into a new life in America. This movie is based on the Lost Boys of Sudan.

Release date October 3, 2014

Violence C-
Sexual Content B
Profanity D+
Substance Use D+

Why is The Good Lie rated PG-13? The MPAA rated The Good Lie PG-13 for thematic elements, some violence, brief strong language and drug use.

Run Time: 110 minutes

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Rating & Content Info

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Why is The Good Lie rated PG-13? The Good Lie is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for thematic elements, some violence, brief strong language and drug use.

Violence: Depictions of war and conflict are shown, many involving children who watch their parents killed and their village burned to the ground. Screams are heard as people are shot off-screen. Dead bodies float down the river. Weapons are fired from a helicopter and explosions are seen. Children frighten off animals that are eating their dead prey and then drag the carcass off to eat it. Children die from exposure and lack of water. Boys scuffle. Depictions of the war torn countryside are seen. A man with severely burned legs waits to die. Soldiers take a boy captive. A man takes about his brother being eaten by a lion. Scars from encounters with animals and soldiers are seen.

Sexual Content: A partially naked man is seen in bed while a woman dresses. Some embracing and kissing is seen.

Language: The script contains a strong expletive for sexual activity along with other profanities, scatological slang and some mild cursing.

Alcohol / Drug Use:Characters drink alcohol on several occasions and some become drunk. Men give illegal drugs to an employee on at least two occasions. He is later depicted as being high.

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Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG Violence, Drug Use.
Alberta PG Mature Subject Matter.
Manitoba PG Violence, Mature Theme.
Ontario 14A Substance Abuse, Disturbing Content.
Quebec G Not Recommended For Young Children.
Martimes Not Rated
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Cast and Crew

The Good Lie is directed by Philippe Falardeau and stars Reese Witherspoon, Corey Stoll, Sarah Baker, Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, Nyakuoth Weil.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of The Good Lie movie is December 23, 2014. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: The Good Lie
Release Date: 23 December 2014
The Good Lie releases to home video (Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy) with the following extras:
- The Good Lie Journey
- Deleted Scenes

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