Welcome to the Blumhouse: The Lie – How to Not Get Away With Murder
Ridiculous white people nonsense is one of my favorite genre of movies when done right. The problem is that many times it's not done right. White privilege clearly exists and white nonsense movies only work when the film makers acknowledge and lean into the fact that it's problematic. Welcome to the Blumhouse: The Lie hits the sweet spot of being entertaining & well acted with a healthy dose of over-the-top, white nonsense that ends with folks getting what they deserve.
The plot is rather simple. Kayla (Joey King) is the daughter of divorced parents Jay (Peter Sarsgaard) and Rebecca (Mireille Enos). While Jay is taking Kayla to her dance camp they come across Rebecca's best friend Britney (Devery Jacobs). After making a stop for the girls to go to the bathroom (on the side of a road with woods and snow...yeah...I know), Rebecca and Britney disappear and when Jay finds Rebecca she's on a bridge and says she's pushed Britney off to her death in the flowing waters under the bridge. What follows is then around 80 minutes of the whitest, dumbest and most laughable attempt to cover up a crime I've ever witnessed. Seriously it's a text book example of how NOT to cover up a murder committed by your daughter.
Now I fully admit that for some, this movie just won't work for them. The premise is dumb and watching these two white people try to cover for their clearly sociopath daughter while trying to throw the non-white father of Britney, Sam (Cas Anvar) might be more infuriating than funny. But for me, this movie is so unintentionally funny, I can't help but love it. Watching Jay and Rebecca stumble their way into not just being accomplices to a crime but murderers themselves was just so good. And when the twist comes, which should come as a surprise to no one, just makes it even better.
The Lie is on Amazon Prime Video now as part of the four film Welcome to the Blumhouse lineup and is worth checking out. Premium members can also listen to myself and Ro talk about this film and give advice on how to be better criminals (FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY).