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“The Good Lie’s” Improbably Hollywood Journey

Steven Zeitchik | LA Times   in 
October 14, 2014

For all of Hollywood’s commitment to social causes, there are few suggestions that stop an entertainment-industry conversation in its tracks faster than “Let’s finance a movie about immigrants and a distant conflict.”

Yet when “The Good Lie” — a story about the Lost Boys, the thousands of South Sudanese who survived war and famine to come to the U.S. — is released by Warner Bros. on more than 400 screens next week, it will show those conversations aren’t always nonstarters. It can just take years of pluck, luck and some unexpected turns involving an adoptee of a Fed Ex mogul to get somewhere.

The backstory to “The Good Lie” demonstrates the axiom that just getting a movie made in Hollywood is its own triumph. That the film is a moving and well-told tale of resilient young men that many American filmgoers know little about is just a nice bonus.

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