They were known simply as “The Lost Boys.”
Orphaned by the brutal civil war in Sudan, which began in 1983, these young victims traveled as many as a thousand miles on foot in search of safety. Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort would bring 3,600 lost boys, as well as girls, to America.
Thirteen years later, the now young adults are given the opportunity to leave the camp and resettle in America. Upon arriving in Kansas, they are met by Carrie Davis (Witherspoon), an employment agency counselor who has been enlisted to help find them jobs—no easy task, when things like light switches and telephones are brand new to them.
Although Carrie has successfully kept herself from any emotional entanglements, these refugees, who desperately require help navigating the 21st century and rebuilding their shattered lives, need just that. So Carrie embarks on her own unchartered territory, enlisting the help of her boss, Jack (Corey Stoll).
This movie is truly uplifting, though at times heartbreaking, and entertaining. So many times we get wrapped up in our #FirstWorldProblems and we forget to look outside ourselves, to see the struggles that many face around the word. The Good Lie brings a true tale of perseverance and courage, one in which I can only look to the characters and stand in awe at the strength they possess. The Good Lie is a tribute to the thousands of kids that took the first step toward freedom and have now touched the world by the story they share.