Lying and Stealing (2019) – Summary, Review (with Spoilers)

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Lying and Stealing is a quick film which may not leave a lasting impact but is a pleasant way to kill an hour and a half.

Director(s) Matt Aselton
Screenplay By Matt Aselton, Adam Nagata
Date Released 7/12/2019
Genre(s) Crime, Drama
Good If You Like
  • Following A Thief Trying To Clear Their Debt
  • A Decent Brotherhood Story
Isn’t For You If You Want A Female Lead Who Is Well Beyond A Love Interest
Noted Cast
Ivan Theo James
Elyse Emily Ratajkowski
Ray Ebon Moss-Bachrach
Lyman Wilkers Isiah Whitlock Jr.
Dimitri Fred Melamed

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Lying and Stealing Ending Explained & Commentary (with Spoilers)

Ending Explained

Between Agent Wilkers and Dimitri, it is clear Ivan is either going to end up in jail or dead. For while Dimitri seems more bark than bite, just because we don’t see him get his hands dirty, doesn’t mean he isn’t capable. After all, he has henchmen. So, working with Agent Wilkers, who feels he has hit a “Black Ceiling” and could use a big fish, Ivan plans his out. First, by recording all his conversations with Agent Wilkers, to make it so he can’t stab him in the back, then using Elyse and Ray, they take him somewhere he could either be negotiated with or killed.

In the long run, thanks to Ray having him OD on cocaine, he is killed. Thus, with a blackmail tape, and Dimitri dead, as well as his henchmen, of which there are only two, Ivan is free! Yet, because he loves stealing, money on the table of not, he continues to do so. Just, unlike before, he doesn’t do it solo but with Ray and Elyse assisting.

Is A Sequel Possible?

All things considered, yes. Ivan stole from a lot of people and while Dimitri is dead, the thief is not. Plus, as Agent Wilkers said, it wasn’t that hard to track down Ivan. Also, we don’t know who Dimitri’s buyers were and whether they could want more and find Ivan, if not one of the people he stole from may not hunt him down. For example, the one who he stole Hitler memorabilia from, between two dogs, and his military training, who is to say he wouldn’t hunt Ivan down for what’s his? Especially since, in the film, Ivan didn’t sell or give that to anyone so he likely still has it.

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