Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 2001. Paramount Pictures, De Line Pictures, Jonathan Krane Group. Story by Lewis Colick, William S. Comanor, Gary Drucker, Screenplay by Lewis Colick. Cinematography by Michael Seresin. Produced by Harold Becker, Donald De Line, Jonathan D. Krane. Music by Mark Mancina. Production Design by Clay A. Griffith. Costume Design by Bobbie Read. Film Editing by Peter Honess.
John Travolta and wife Teri Polo have divorced amicably and without much ado regarding custody of their pre-teen son (Matt O’Leary), but the boy is still showing signs of angst over their split. Now that mom is remarrying a business tycoon (Vince Vaughn) recently moved to their small eastern seaboard town, the son’s problems have escalated to the point of nearly getting him thrown out of school. His habit of lying to ease his pain works against him when he witnesses his new stepfather murder a man and burn the body in his brick factory. The boy tells the police and his mother, but no one believes him except his exasperated father who will do anything, including strain his own credibility, to prove his son is not making this stuff up. This very predictable thriller has an engaging premise with likeable characters and a very tiding ending; it is exactly the kind of movie you expect when you rent it, and those who want to watch movies that are tailor-made to order will enjoy it immensely.