Lie Hard: Review

Lie Hard: Review

Rob Smart (Ian Niles) is in love with Katie Reynolds (Melanie Chandra) and life couldn’t be better, except for the fact that he’s about to meet Katie’s parents and he’s really nervous. Things go as well as could be expected though apart from the odd inappropriate joke, but Rob is relieved that they seemed to like him – that is until Katie’s father (Patrick Kilpatrick) takes him to one side and tells him to end it with his daughter.

Mr. Reynolds doesn’t believe that Rob has what it takes to look after his daughter and that his life is going nowhere, but Rob is determined to prove him wrong. So, Rob puts in the hard work at the office, gets a promotion and buys a mansion for him and Katie to live in together. Although that’s what he’s told her, as in reality he’s borrowed a lot of money from local gangsters and soon they want to collect.

Lie Hard is a high concept comedy directed by and starring Ian Niles and co-written by Harrison Feur. However, like the movie’s protagonist, it seems that Lie Hard has bitten off more than it can chew.

Usually, these kinds of comedies are filled with big stars who can do these kinds of roles in their sleep and the audience laps it up because they know who they all are. Unfortunately, Lie hard doesn’t have the luxury of an all star cast and so it’s down to the performances to sell the movie and they don’t really have what it takes.

It also doesn’t help that Rob is a bit of an empty shell of a character and as the audience knows very little about him, they may not care when he gets deeper into trouble. In fact, as the movie goes along then it becomes very clear that Rob is more or less irredeemable and so the concept is left to carry the movie in hopes that nobody notices.

There are some interesting twists along the way, but they only seem to dig the main character deeper into a hole that he already created and when his inevitable redemption happens it feels very unearned.

Lie Hard is a mixture of high concept comedy ideas and its quirks and turns in the story may remind audiences of other things they’ve enjoyed. However, this kind of movie being done on this level of budget and casting comes across as a cynical way to make an audience think they’re watching something better.

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