For, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

Reese Witherspoon's other big 2014 movie (after "Wild"; see above) was this engaging exploration of the culture shock suffered by the "Lost Boys" of Sudan, as demonstrated by four refugees who find themselves in Kansas City, Missouri, after receiving a chance to start over in America.

Witherspoon dominates the poster and stars in the movie, but she (and the filmmakers, writer Margaret Nagle and director Philippe Falardeau) wisely let the Sudanese refugees take center stage and the film is the better for it.

But even if they had not made that choice, the casting is so perfect that the four Sudanese players would likely have stolen the show anyway.


Their attempts to adapt to their surroundings and struggle with cultural surroundings that couldn't be more different from their homeland, allows for some gentle comedy. But the horrors of the past also come into play. And there are some wonderful plot twists and turns that keep the narrative lively and completely captivating.

"The Good Lie" is now on DVD and Blu-ray and is highly recommended.