The story of fifteen-year-old Howie (Paul Franklin Dano), a young New Jersey native whose life falls apart around him, but who also ends up finding himself during the process. After Howie's mother dies his father, a corrupt building contractor, can barely keep tabs on his new girlfriend, let alone his own son's emotional needs. To cope with the pressures that he is under, Howie begins to spend more time with his delinquent friends. However, their pastimes include ditching school and robbing local houses to finance their habits. It is in the aftermath of one of these burglaries Paul and his friends meet ex-marine Big John (Brian Box), and it is then that Howie discovers the secret that binds his friend to this mysterious older man. When his best friend suddenly skips town, and his father is busted by the FBI, Howie is completely alone. Can Big John become the paternal figure that Howie needs, or will his predatory instincts prevail?
A Disturbing Masterpiece
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L.I.E. revolves around the story of 15 year old Howie Blitzer, a troubled teen who wanders aimlessly through his suburban Long Island life. Living with his emotionally detached father, in an expensive house with no heart or soul, and both coming to terms with the loss of his mother, killed in a car accident on the Long Island Expressway. Howie fills his days playing truant from school, hanging out with his loser friends who commit petty crimes and burgle local houses for kicks. His best friend Gary is a budding piece of rough trade, who sells his body on the turnpike for a few bucks. As things get worse for Howie and his father, a middle-aged retired Marine known as Big John appears on the scene and tries to ingratiate himself into Howie's life. He drives a cool bright orange muscle car and offers food, a warm home and emotional support. The trouble is Big John is also the local paedophile. Thought provoking, unsettling, and at times downright disturbing. L.I.E is nevertheless a stunning movie, wrapped up within a story that rings true because it's something that happens in the real world all the time, whether we want to admit it or not.