The Good Lie

2014 PG-13 1h 50m Blu-ray / DVD

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The Good Lie

2014 PG-13 1h 50m Blu-ray / DVD
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In this fact-based drama, a young Sudanese War refugee wins a lottery that allows him to start life anew in the United States. But adapting to his new home presents challenges -- both for the "lost boy" and for the American woman who's helping him.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: DTS 5.1 Surround, Spanish (Neutral): DTS 5.1 Surround, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service
Widescreen 1.78:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: DTS 5.1 HD, French: DTS 5.1 Surround, Spanish (Neutral): DTS 5.1 Surround
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
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age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Good Lie is a feel-good drama that centers on the Lost Boys of Sudan, young adults who as children in Africa survived unthinkable circumstances (terrible violence, 1,000-mile treks to refugee camps, and more) and in some cases were lucky enough to win lottery visas to the United States. Expect scenes of heartbreaking tragedy early in the movie: kids who die of starvation and exposure; soldiers who burn a village and kill everyone in it, orphaning the main characters; an older brother who sacrifices himself to save younger siblings and friends. The movie (which stars Reese Witherspoon and shares an executive producer with The Blind Side) also doesn't shy away from showing just how lonely, difficult, and sad it can be to move somewhere new where you're safe but don't understand the culture. There's also some swearing, drinking, drug use (marijuana), and a scene of implied sex (nothing graphic shown). All of that said, despite the upsetting moments, The Good Lie is also hopeful and educational and will encourage audiences to do their part to help war refugees.

Sexual Content

One scene where it's clear that Carrie has just had sex with a guy she's not really dating but considers a "sex buddy" (nothing sensitive shown).


Very harrowing scenes when the Southern Sudanese kids witness their village being burned and families killed; later, a few of the kids die/are killed on the long, arduous journey to the border refugee camp (starvation, exposure, etc.). Soldiers execute innocent villagers, including children.


Infrequent language includes "a--hole," "screw," "holy crap," "pissed off," "goddamn," and "bulls--t."

Social Behavior

Themes includes overcoming unbelievable odds, protecting those you love, creating familial bonds with those around you, and the importance of believing in something. Encourages those of us who are safe and surrounded by family to have compassion toward refugees and immigrants fleeing horrifying circumstances.


Several brands featured, including Nike, IGA, Waffle House, Cheerios, McDonald's, Budweiser, Ford Explorer, Ben & Jerry's ice cream, and V-Tech.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

One of the Sudanese men is introduced to marijuana by his co-workers. He's shown smoking or high a few times. Carrie drinks on a few occasions and is shown drinking tequila with a friend.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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