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Monday, 30 April 2018

Retro Review: Lie With Me (2005)

Lie With Me
Cast: Lauren Lee Smith, Eric Balfour, Polly Shannon, Mayko Nguyen
Genre: Erotic Drama
Estimated Canadian Box Office Gross: over $2 million 

Plot: A young woman who's formed her sexual identity around anonymous one-night-stands considers the option of a committed, monogamous relationship

'These Movie's Hips Do Lie'

Lie With Me is an independent Canadian hardcore porn drama with a tepid story, tepid performances with sex scenes that left me feeling tepid. Although if it had a prettier looking actress as Lila, I guess it wouldn't have been so bad. In terms of the good-looking guy, they got it spot-on with Eric Balfour but with the lead female, they could have gone one better. 

The woman, unattached video store clerk, Leila is sexually charged and sleeps around with several guys. When she meets David, an artist who is looking for a deeper commitment, she hops into bed with him and hoping he will make her change her promiscuous ways. But that doesn't stop her thinking about sex and having sex, even when David doesn't want to give into her desires. 

Leila narrates a contrived monologue: a monologue so tedious and nauseating and making little sense most of the time because she constantly curses with her filthy mouth. She also uses that same mouth to give oral sex to a guy in David, who she bumps into. And the two have an illicit affair of sorts. 

I don't like the film Pretty Woman, but for some reason Lie With Me, is like a hardcore porn version - only minus the rich/poor opposites, Leila is, even more, sadder and pathetic than Vivian, who only has one thing on her mind: and that is to screw, and it has highly charged erotic sex scenes. Sex - not love is what counts for her, and that I find sad in a character in Leila. 

The dialogue is occasionally atrocious, the lead female character, Leila cannot seem to stop muttering the F-word and c**k and she looks a little thin, the performances are one-note and stiff & she came across as dislikable and shallow, who thinks so highly of herself along with the guy played by Eric Balfour. Both characters are not only sexually frustrated but emotionally, they are a mess too. It's a shame, therefore, the film chooses to skip on this aspect and that it just plays out as a nothing love story with no real emotions felt that go beyond the physical and erotic. Passion isn't just screwing with the other person and passion is something that both David and Leila lack and she is just too selfish. I think Lie With Me is a film that tries to have its cake and eat it: the problem is, the film presents itself as a sex flick and when it touches upon the characters feelings and emotions and tries to be meaningful and serious, it fails to convince and it's not strong enough. One also wonders why David would dump his blonde girlfriend for someone as, others would see it, plain looking as Leila. 

The whole film leaves a lot to be desired and all attempts at coming across as a love story, fail. If one's idea of a love story is having a female character utter c**k several times, then one needs to re-analyse their intentions. With a dreary voice-over and slow pacing that put me to sleep, it was so nauseating to sit through. Besides the graphic & unsimulated sex scenes, Lie With Me doesn't attempt and doesn't even try to attempt to delve into any of the issues from an emotional perspective, the other side stories with the other characters are meagre and the conflict towards David and Leila is utterly weak. 

This was a mess and a bore to boot. 

Final Verdict:

Even if you are into the sex scenes, you can do better and look elsewhere for that, alone and as here they are not so appealing. If you are watching this to see some emotional and tangible character development, one is looking at the wrong movie. Lie With Me is not it, and it never will be. 

This is a romantic drama that plays out like it is being clever and smart, that it wants us or me to feel like there is a real payoff. Yet the thing is, Lie With Me has a female character, who has a potty mouth who keeps saying the F-word, it's as if she has Tourettes or something.

Lie With Me has no pay-off and as a romantic drama, despite the eroticism, romance-wise, it's all a lie.

& it's beyond bad.


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