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WHERE THE TRUTH LIES is a real mess. It is badly directed to the point of being laughable. Kevin Bacon is miscast. The comedy team’s alleged success is not convincing. Furthermore, although there are some very brief moral elements, the movie contains scenes of explicit sex and nudity, including homosexuality, prostitution and sexual humiliation. The movie also contains very strong drug references.
(RoRo, PaPaPa, B, LLL, VVV, SSS, NNN, AA, DDD, MMM) Strong Romantic worldview with very strong immoral pagan elements, and some light moral elements such as man asks for forgiveness from another character; 30 mostly strong obscenities, two strong profanities and three light profanities; brief extreme violence when man brutally beats other man, plus man smothers groggy woman to death, implied suicide as man sits in tub and takes many pills with alcohol, image of corpse in bath and of corpse in crate full of ice and live lobsters, and talk of apparent suicide that turns out to be murder; two scenes of depicted fornication, depicted oral sex, depicted sodomy as man starts to sodomize another man who’s having intercourse with young woman and other man (who’s surprised) gets very angry, comedy star flirts with married woman during his act so he can bed her later after getting rid of the husband, drugged naked woman kisses and touches another naked woman, and talk about sexual promiscuity and immorality; full female nudity in one scene, and scenes of upper and rear female nudity and upper and rear male nudity; alcohol use and drunkenness; smoking, men pop many uppers and downers with alcohol, man pops pills with alcohol to commit suicide, and woman takes from man what she thinks is an upper but it turns out to be a psychedelic drug so the man could blackmail her; and, blackmail, extortion, humiliation, mobsters, mobster forces comedy duo to perform on new stage at his hotel, crime covered up, tabloid press plans to print lurid excerpt from tell-all book, etc.
WHERE THE TURH LIES is a lurid, pornographic melodrama that plays like a bad soap opera.
The story is about a legendary British-American comedy duo from the 1950s, patterned slightly after Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, who break up when the body of a dead young woman is found in their hotel bathtub, an apparent suicide. Fifteen years later, at the height of the counter-culture revolution in the 1960s, a tell-all book about their split is about to be written, threatening to destroy what remains of their reputation. Alison Lohman plays the book’s pretty young author who uses her brains and beauty on both men in order to find out the truth about the dead girl. Kevin Bacon and Colin Firth play the comedy duo, Lanny Morris and Vince Collins, respectively.
WHERE THE TRUTH LIES is a real mess. It is badly directed to the point of being laughable. The director incompetently mixes several styles, including 1950s Technicolor soap opera and 1960s psychedelic techniques, but he displays no sensibility for either style. At the end of the movie, he even tries to duplicate Alfred Hitchcock’s style from the classic movie VERTIGO. Kevin Bacon is completely miscast; the comedy team’s alleged success is not convincing at all.
Furthermore, although there are some very brief moral elements, the movie contains scenes of explicit sex and nudity, including homosexuality, prostitution and sexual humiliation. Also, the comedy duo is shown taking downers and uppers with alcohol, and there is a scene of psychedelic drug hallucination that compromises the morality of the young female author. Finally, the movie suggests that money, fame and success corrupt the characters. This suggests a Romantic worldview, though it could also suggest a belief in the sinful character of human beings, who are easily tempted by evil.
In the end, the movie reveals the truth about the dead woman, who was actually murdered. The revelation of the true culprit, however, is handled like a cheap mystery melodrama. WHERE THE TRUTH LIES is lurid, pornographic, disgusting, and sadly disappointing, in more ways than one.
WHERE THE TRUTH LIES was scheduled to receive an NC-17 rating, but the distributor decided to release it without a rating. Some critics are highly praising the movie, however, in an attempt to draw an unsuspecting audience for the director, whose work is usually much better than this example.