Mike Flaherty
May 24, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

L.I.E.

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
108 minutes
Limited Release Date
09/07/01
performer
Brian Cox, Paul Dano, Billy Kay
director
Michael Cuesta
distributor
Lot 47 Films
author
Gerald Cuesta, Michael Cuesta, Stephen M. Ryder
genre
Drama

We gave it a B

Long Island’s Babylon-by-the-sea rep gets a good burnishing in first-time director Michael Cuesta’s coming-of-age tale. Pedophilia, incest, grand larceny, and corporate malfeasance surround 15-year-old Howie Blitzer (Paul Dano), who, following his mother’s death in a traffic accident on the film’s eponymous expressway, embarks on a shambling journey of self-discovery complicated by the creepily ambiguous advances of an eccentric retired Marine (the excellent Brian Cox). Though Cuesta mounts an admirable contribution to the suburban-dystopia genre, Todd Solondz (”Happiness”) doesn’t have anything to worry about yet.

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