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White Lie – Review/ Summary (with Spoilers)

by Amari

In White Lie, you watch as a con artist desperately tries to maintain their story of having cancer, seemingly by any means necessary.


Community Rating: 70.02% (1)


 


Director(s)Yonah Lewis, Calvin Thomas
Screenplay ByYonah Lewis, Calvin Thomas
Date Released (Digital)1/5/2021
Genre(s)Drama, Young Adult, LGBT
Duration1 Hour, 36 Minutes
RatingNot Rated
Noted Cast
KatieKacey Rohl
DougMartin Donovan
JabariThomas Olajide
JenniferAmber Anderson

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Film Summary

Katie is in her mid-20s, a dance student, and tells people she has a rare melanoma cancer. The truth is she is healthy, but with her raising 1000s of dollars from this con and all the opportunities it has given her, including a girlfriend, she has no desire to stop. Which makes her father’s desire to expose her worrisome, especially since mutually assured destruction seems unable to stop him. So, to make her like as legitimate as possible, Katie appears willing to do anything. But how far is she truly willing to go for the money she needs, or to maintain this grand ruse, is anyone’s guess.

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  • Reason(s) for Film Rating: There is light nudity, just breasts, and vomiting in White Lie.
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Cast & Characters

Katie

Katie (Kacey Rohl) in a doctor's office

Katie (Kacey Rohl)

Katie is a dance student who cons people by pretending she has a rare form of melanoma cancer.

Jabari

Javari is a doctor Katie is introduced to, that she needs in order to have doctored medical records to maintain her con.

Jennifer

Jennifer is Katie’s first real girlfriends/ relationship, and Jennifer comes from a rather wealthy family.

Doug

Doug (Martin Donovan) sitting in his office

Doug (Martin Donovan)

Doug is Katie’s father, a widow by suicide, who struggles with believing Katie is lying to people, though he only has a hunch – no proof.

Review

Highlights

Analyzing Katie’s Privilege

There is nothing scarier than someone who is desperate and believes they have everything to lose. Especially if they associate so strongly with the gains they have had in life with their lies, it means they could potentially take drastic actions. So imagine you are Katie – your mom died, you are in your first real relationship, you are well-liked, and doors open for you to do things that would never be available if you were normal.

I mean, in the trailer, there is talk about fake news, and in White Lie, it talks about social media shaming due to Katie’s dad, Doug, but I would say the point of White Lie is in the title. It’s about Katie being a white woman, lying her ass off, and no one calling her out or questioning her but her dad. Even her girlfriend Jennifer is on the hook!

Jennifer (Amber Anderson) looking worried

Jennifer (Amber Anderson)

You could easily paint White Lie to be about the desire to see a white woman’s innocence. For while this movie isn’t set in America, it’s Canadian, many of America’s race issues aren’t isolated, just some are specific to our country. Hence Katie’s level of privilege is poked at from being able to live a lie and how shielded she is from anyone really trying to learn the truth. Meanwhile, one of the few non-white characters with a notable role, Jabari, is struggling, despite being a doctor. One that Katie needs and is perhaps one of the few who seem unwilling to help her in her con to remain somewhat pure.

Meanwhile, you are left wondering, when it comes to Jabari, if he made a GoFundMe if he did all the extra work Katie does to make 10s of thousands of dollars, would he actually get the money? Or would they laugh in his face, tell him to get a job, and refuse to give him a handout?

Overall

Rating: Positive (Worth Seeing)

White Lie, in the pursuit of you knowing Katie is a con woman, yet the film trying to manipulate you like everyone else, pushes you to think about how you perceive people just from the look of them. Like, what stereotypes have you fallen for, both good and bad, that dictate how you interact with people? Heck, how willing are you to believe someone, at face value, because your own ego pushes you to believe there is no way this person, based on how you see them, are lying to you.

Thus the positive label. While White Lie is more so focused on whether or not Katie’s con will blow up in her face, there are other things you can look at, poke, prod, and question beyond the central storyline. Ultimately making it seem Lewis and Thomas had more to give than a simple story about a queer girl trying to make some money.

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Ratings

  • Recommended: Some of the best seen movies we have ever watched and mentioned to friends, family, and strangers as films that need to be seen.
  • Positive (Worth Seeing): Whether you’ll have to go to the movies, download or stream, movies of this category are worth your time and money with few, if any, qualms from us.
  • Mixed (Divisive): Due to this movie having a few quirks, of which may work for some and for others be a problem, we believe your enjoyment of this movie will depend on your taste.
  • Negative (Acquired Taste): While one or two elements kept us going until the end, unfortunately, we’re of the opinion this film never reached the potential it was marketed to have.

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Summary

Analyzing Katie's Privilege - 83%

83%

While White Lie is more so focused on whether or not Katie's con will blow up in her face, there are other things you can look at, poke, prod, and question beyond the central storyline. Ultimately making it seem Lewis and Thomas had more to give than a simple story about a queer girl trying to make some money.

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