While not a perfect film, I enjoyed telling lies in America. Kevin Bacon shines as a slick disc jockey, cable of doing or saying whatever pleases him. This is balanced with Calista Flockhart’s character, Diney, and her mature honesty. In the middle is brad tendrils as Karchy, with the internal conflict between what he desires from an insecure standpoint, both love and respect, two things he sorely misses.
Another film showing that Brad Renfro couldnt have played a sympathetic character if he had tried, because he tried here and failed miserably. I never liked him at all, but that negative feeling sometimes worked in films where he was supposed to be disliked, like Bully. The funniest scene in this is him (with a straight face) saying "Duh! Duh!" to a mirror, trying to say "The" with his alleged "accent". DUH indeed.
This film reminds me of something that happens to be on while you're waiting for your car to be done from an oil change. It's not a bad movie , but it's not a movie that you will re watch more than once. Maybe it's because I have a distaste for Kevin Bacon in general. Overall I would give this film 3 stars because I don't think its bad but I don't think it's something I'll talk about at any social gatherings soon.
It's soured by the weird, strong-played tirade it goes on in final act about truth, America, and being a mensch (George Washington and a cherry tree?) but there's a lot to see: it's the confident, semi-autobiographical script by Eszterhas, it's Kevin Bacon playing a snake (adore him, thanks to my mom), it's the above average direction. I think it's a lovely movie, coming of age,rock n roll,just good vibes all around.
Three stars for Renfro's and Bacon's acting, and I love Calista Flockhart on this! I am a bit more wary of the whole citizenship test part of the story, some of it is sweet, some of it reeks of some under-the-table nationalism, meh.