Tiny Little Lies

It's a setup; A murdered wife, a jealous husband, a jilted lover and a frightened friend; all in the same apartment at the same time. Three of them set aside their bitter differences and better judgment in the hope of earning a $10 million payday. When washed-up artist Michael Taylor discovers his wife murdered in the upstairs bedroom of their swanky loft, the decision about ...more

It's a setup; A murdered wife, a jealous husband, a jilted lover and a frightened friend; all in the same apartment at the same time. Three of them set aside their bitter differences and better judgment in the hope of earning a $10 million payday. When washed-up artist Michael Taylor discovers his wife murdered in the upstairs bedroom of their swanky loft, the decision about what to do doesn't come easy, because downstairs, an impromptu dinner party is under way for two wealthy patrons interested in purchasing Michael's art. He convinces Martin, his dead wife's dedicated assistant, and Dominick, his young, sexy artist protg and his wife's ex-lover, to keep quiet and close the deal. Despite their uncertainty about each other's motives-and the paranoia over who the killer is - they form a fragile alliance to shut up, against a promise of a big pay off. They soon find out, however, that this is much easier said than done

Movie Details

  • Director(s) J. Randolph Harrison
  • Starring John Thaddeus, Jaclyn Kerhulas, George Sharperson, Hillary Crouse, Drew Berenc
  • Language(s) English
  • Released January 01, 2008
  • Genre
  • Run Time 83 minutes
  • Rating NR

BIGSTAR Review

"This is bulls**t! Michael, you are TOO calm and TOO collected, okay? And Dominick?? It's like an evening at the Improv! Crystal... is DEAD, and you two are sitting here perfectly comfortable... touching up the details!!" ~MARTI (Jaclyn Kerhulas) trying to compose herself -and the overall situation- after discovering the murdered corpse of her boss, Crystal (Lenise Sorén) while in the victim's home, and flanked with two possible suspects: embittered husband and painter Michael (John Thaddeus) and jilted young lover Dominick (Drew Berenc). Though both men swear they're 100% innocent, both are willing to stay quiet for at least another couple of hours so they can avoid blowing a $10 million payday from a wealthy art collector who has just arrived. Ooooh, only the most titillating of drama; right here on BIGSTAR!!

Winner of the *2009 Audience Award* at Dances With Films, as well as being named an *Official Selection* at the 2009 CENFLO Film Festival, this "whodunit" piece is gloriously cheesy within the cinematic divinity of its overacting. Like a grandstanded telenovela -without the thick Colombian accents, mind you- TINY LITTLE LIES will have you viewers TRULY saying to yourselves, "Whoever admits in the end to killing that horrid Crystal woman should win a trophy, be given a cash reward, and be cleared on ALL criminal charges. God, what a B***H!!" People "playing" one another in heightened dramatic fashion makes the schlock factor of this chamber play all the more decadent. The physicality of each actor is specified to the individual ridiculousness of their respective character. Imagine if Molière teamed up with Quentin Tarantino to do an early 90′s Shannon Tweed Skinemax flick; yes, it is that insanely staged. Kudos goes to actress Lenise Sorén for bringing home the title film's pinnacle soliloquy as Crystal: "Lies. Little lies. Everywhere I look I find his tiny, little lies! Sometimes it's a word, sometimes it's a look; hard to say. A wife KNOWS." Nothing, however, beats the dinner scene with the baby corn and the handgun. Time-filler between low-budget indie exposition at its FINEST.

Apparently director J. Randolph Harrison likes to toss around the LGBT slur word f****t as much as Tarantino has folks of all races shouting n****r in his films. Difference is, Tarantino makes his choice humorously work within the context of both script and plot, whereas Harrison falls short with his choice of racy wordplay. With a budget of $200,000, you get a decently shot indie piece that is helplessly addictive to watch. Ham-fisted scenes with *facepalming* revelations, TINY LITTLE LIES is cringe-worthy in the FUN way! You almost wish that Crystal would magically come back to life, just so people could kill her... AGAIN! Yeah, we're gluttons for punishment...

-Steve

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