(DIS)HONESTY: THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES hit theaters last spring. It has taken him more than six months to catch up with this unusual and unusually fine documentary, but the wait was worth it, and he recommends the film to you now, as one of the best docs of this past year. It introduces us to (or maybe "reminds us of" would be a better wording) humanity's predilection toward hypocrisy, denial and, yes. lying and cheating. But instead of gloating in any tired, "told you so" manner, the movie -- just as does its "star" and narrator, the charming Dan Ariely -- actually proves more spirited than dispiriting, even hopeful about our chances of keeping this especially obstinate characteristic in check.
Yael Melamede, shown left, does a fine job of moving us along and weaving together Mr. Ariely's ideas and lectures to a welcoming crowd with the stories of various liar and cheats, each of whom differs from the others in major ways as they tell their tales with a welcome honesty and quiet contrition. Their crimes vary in magnitude (in my estimation the state of Ohio has more to answer for than the mother it tosses into jail for trying to give her children a better education), but each one is a fascinating story, well worth telling.
Brian Williams report on how Marilee Jones was caught lying about her background is, well, too bizarrely funny for words.
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