The enjoyable, relatable documentary "(Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies" takes a pointed look at the ways, big and small, that deceit infuses and often determines our life course.
Directed by Yael Melamede (who co-wrote with Chad Beck), the film looks to Israeli-born Dan Ariely, an author, behavioral economist and
Spread throughout Ariely's discourse are a variety of involving, true-life examples of folks whose untruths — white lies, tall tales, "fudges" and whoppers — ranged from simply irritating family members to landing said liars in prison.
Interview subjects, who speak frankly about their past dishonesty, include Joe Papp, a onetime pro cyclist caught doping; ex-
Most poignant, however, is the story of Ohio mom Kelley Bolar, who lied about her home address so her daughters could attend a better school district. It did not end well.
Rounding out this well-paced treatise are further interviews with scientists, behaviorists, professors and college students, plus bits of animation and an intriguing visit to an "honesty shop" in India.
"(Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies."
No MPAA rating.
Running time: 1 hour, 30 minutes.