The Good Lie

Canadian director Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar) goes Hollywood with this sensitive but fairly bland docudrama about Sudanese refugees starting life anew in Kansas City, Missouri. The main characters are played by actual refugees—two of whom were child soldiers—and their uninflected, authoritative performances compensate for the feel-good simplifications of Margaret Nagle’s script. (At worst, the movie feels like something Ron Howard, one of the producers, might have directed.) Reese Witherspoon plays the requisite white identification figure, a sassy career counselor who helps the refugees reunite with their estranged family members.