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House of Lies

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Genre: Comedy, Drama Country: USA
IMDB Rating: 7.4/10 Released Date: 08 Jan 2012
Runtime: 28 min Language: English
Stars: Kristen Bell, Ben Schwartz, Josh Lawson, Don Cheadle,

Summary: A subversive, scathing look at a self-loathing management consultant from a top-tier firm. Marty, a highly successful, cutthroat consultant is never above using any means (or anyone) necessary to get his clients the information they want.


House of Lies is stylistically interesting in that every episode has scenes that freeze but Marty walks out of them and talks to the camera before the scene resumes (sometimes altered by Marty’s tweaking while everyone else is frozen). Now, you might think this would get too gimmicky but it doesn’t – primarily because what Cheadle gets to say in those moments is often something hilarious or searingly cynical. Of course, that brings it all back to Cheadle. There’s an exceptional cast in House of Lies (Olivieri in particular wastes no opportunity to push the boundaries on Monica), but everything revolves around the fact that Cheadle is riveting and impressively deft at being funny one moment, serious the next and always filled with charisma. He’s the giant magnet at the center of the show. But at least House of Lies is giving him (and the rest of the actors) something fresh and different to devour, which makes it a show you need to consult with.