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Watch: Reese Witherspoon Tells 'The Good Lie' In First Trailer For Sudanese Refugee Drama

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by Kevin Jagernauth
June 19, 2014 9:35 PM
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With one Oscar under her belt for "Walk The Line," it seems like this year, Reese Witherspoon is really gunning for another statue for her mantle. She already has "Wild" coming from Jean-Marc Vallée, the director of "Dallas Buyers Club," and now she's teaming with another French Canadian filmmaker for another awards-baiting drama, and the first trailer has arrived.

"The Good Lie" finds Philippe Falardeau, of "Monsieur Lazhar" fame, directing this based-on-a-true story tale about "The Lost Boys," four Sudanese refugees who in the 1980s are taken under the wing of a plucky, single American woman. And so, the resulting movie plays pretty much on the nose of what you would expect, especially given that the trailer trumps that it's from the folks who brought you "The Blind Side." So subtle, this is not. But then again, it does have Corey Stoll, who we will pretty much watch in anything.

"The Good Lie" opens on October 3rd. Watch below.

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13 Comments

  • boomslang | June 21, 2014 6:12 PMReply

    White saviour films . the poster is even funnier . Black people whose only home is a random tree and a white girl with perfectly groomed her , trimmed eyebrows posing in front of skycrapers . This movie could have been shot in 1925. She died her hair bron y'all . Ol' girl means business lol!
    This sheltered rich caucasian girl is ridiculous.

  • racist | June 26, 2014 4:07 AM

    Shut-up you racist a!!hole!

  • AngelDoc | June 20, 2014 8:53 PMReply

    I read the book "They poured Fire on Us from the sky" on the Lost Boys from Sudan, and some of this story seems to resonate from that true story, as the compiler of the boys' stories did help 3 Lost Boys find their voice and publish their stories of survival in Sudan, and how they made it to America. The trailer doesn't seem to be telling that story from this book, and more focusing on the human interest piece of how helping these boys helps change the woman once they have arrived in America.

  • j | June 20, 2014 9:27 AMReply

    White people helping po' black people! Ain't those white people got great big hearts?!

    Thanks Hollywood.

  • Parker | June 20, 2014 6:21 AMReply

    Amazing acting and beautiful cinematography - welcome back, Reese!

  • APW | June 20, 2014 12:56 AMReply

    I assume Reese will be paying a royalty to Sandra Bullock for this performance?

  • Matt | June 20, 2014 12:33 AMReply

    Great music! Corey Stoll! Hoping this well be a good one!

  • Fong | June 19, 2014 11:29 PMReply

    Thank god for Hollywood and the Oscars that the burden still weighs heavily upon the white man's soul.

  • and another exotic "africa" | June 19, 2014 10:06 PMReply

    And ANOTHER white savior helping the war-ridden Africans from their impoverished selves. There is more to Africa (which is not a monolithe and is quite wealthy in some parts), there is more to blackness, there is more to whiteness than this tired, racist narrative seen time and time again in hollywood. Next!

  • sam | June 19, 2014 10:22 PM

    first off: i hope the film's more nuanced than what it seems to be. Falardeau's a great director, so i hope he was able to find subtleties in the story.
    that being said, i totally agree with the comment above.

  • Carl | June 19, 2014 9:57 PMReply

    Ugh. She genuinely sucks at acting. That Oscar was truly one of the most undeserved ones ever.

  • Carlos | June 20, 2014 7:32 AM

    Oh, Carl, everybody knows you are Witherspoon's virgin web-stalker, Poya (aka Henry Barnill from youtube). You were the first member who has seen this trailer...:D

  • serena | June 20, 2014 4:08 AM

    I wouldn't call it one of the most undeserved ever (at the least, it's her least mannered performance), but 2005 was a weak year for best actress (I like Judi Dench, but nominating her is basically saying "We weren't even trying to look for great performances and just looked at Harvey Weinstein's awards budget"); Joan Allen (THE UPSIDE OF ANGER) and Sibel Kekilli (HEAD ON) wiped the floor with Witherspoon's blonde hair, and smashed her autoharp to pieces.

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