The Lie may only consist of a main cast of three, but its star power is undeniable. The Kissing Booth's Joey King stars as teenaged Kayla, with Peter Sarsgaard and Mireille Enos as her parents Jay and Rebecca, respectively.
Based on a German film called We Monsters, The Lie follows Kayla in the aftermath of a lethal mistake, leaving her now-divorced parents to navigate how far they'll go to protect her. It's a compelling premise, and like any good thriller hinges on an unpredictable twist.
We asked Sarsgaard and King to give us their reaction to that big twist, and they did not hold back. Warning: spoilers for The Lie follow.
In case you don't remember or don't quite know how we got here, let's recap. The movie begins with Kayla and her dad on their way to a ballet camp retreat week when they spot her friend Brittany waiting for a bus in the snow.
They pick her up but Brittany quickly complains she needs to pee, so Jay pulls over and the two girls head into the woods. Soon, he hears his daughter scream and when he finds her, she confesses that she pushed Brittany into a freezing cold stream.
Instead of calling the police, Jay takes Kayla and they head to her mother Rebecca's house and thus begins a series of ill-advised decisions to protect their daughter from the law. As Saarsgard explained: "the thing that was the real drive of the whole movie was that the parents felt that their child could be someone who was so troubled that they would do something really awful because of their own parenting.
"You know, these are separated parents. These are parents that each, in their own ways, have not been ideal. And so I liked that it’s something that would motivate all of this wild behaviour. Because obviously, the movie spins into new territory that is only imaginable if you imagine the guilt being massive."
As the film moves on, Kayla's bizarre attitude coupled with Brittany's dad's attempts to find his daughter only further Jay and Rebecca's "wild behaviour" which culminates in Rebecca running Brittany's dad over with the car. Of course, this is all pointless – it turns out, Kayla lied.
She never pushed Brittany, which you learn when Brittany nonchalantly strolls into Rebecca's house, revealing that she just wanted to spend the weekend with her boyfriend and convinced Kayla to lie to cover her. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending whose perspective you're taking), she catches Kayla's parents cleaning her father's blood off the fender.
"I think I threw the script across the room. I’m pretty sure that’s what I did. I think when I got to that part, I was just like, 'What?!' Saarsgard told us.
"I might have even stopped and reread it at that point, you know? I was like, 'Did I miss something? Hang on a second.'"
King had a similarly explosive reaction. "I was reading it. And when I came to that part, I just dropped my computer. I didn’t really drop it, but I closed it shut, and shut the front of it. I hadn’t even finished the script yet. I just gasped.
"It was absolutely insane. It’s just so shocking."
When her parents confront her, Kayla confesses that she made it up to cover for Brittany, but when her parents started working together to help her, she decided to keep up the pretence in hopes that they'd rekindle their romance. The movie ends with the three hugging as sirens draw closer.
The Lie is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video
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