(Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies

2015

Documentary / Drama / News

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 89%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 82%
IMDb Rating 7.5 10 1900

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Reviewed by gavin6942 8 / 10

Entertaining, Not Surprising

From ticket-fixing in our police departments to test-score scandals in our schools, from our elected leaders' extra-marital affairs to financial schemes undermining our economy, dishonesty seems to be a ubiquitous part of the news.

By no means was I surprised by anything in this film. Lying is everywhere, and in many ways encouraged by society. Even when not encouraged outright, a small lie or an exaggeration that has little chance of being caught is something perhaps worth the gamble if you have something to gain. Is it moral? In some cases, is it legal? Despite nothing really new here, I loved the host and his sense of humor. He made the material entertaining and presented some studies that show us that the majority of people are dishonest... but within certain parameters. Perhaps the funniest part is when he explains the gender differences.

Reviewed by Theo Robertson 7 / 10

An Explanation Of Human Nature

I once had a heated online discussion with someone after I confessed to occasionally downloading a track on to my I-pod or watching a film on pirate websites "What's the difference between that and stealing out of a shop ?" I was asked

"Honest question so I'll give you an honest answer" I replied "I don't consider watching a film on a pirate website as stealing where as if I popped in to a supermarket ad stole a bottle of booze that is undoubtedly theft" . I was then told that not only was it still theft watching films and listening to music without paying for it but I supposedly knew it was theft even though I wasn't going to admit it . Hmmmm

Everyone can make up their own mind but again watching something on say youtube is not actually the same as going in to a store and stealing a copy of the DVD . It's certainly not the same as being a burglar , a carjacker , a bank robber or the common garden variety sneaky , sticky fingered thief . This documentary directed by Yael Melamede does explain why dishonesty can be self justified

Prof Dan Ariely is a scientist specialising in human behaviour . He conducted something called the matrix experiment where test subjects are paid to answer questions - the more questions they answer correctly the more money they get paid . They've to check their own answers and put their papers in a shredder without the assessor seeing it . The thing is the "shredder" isn't a shredder at all and the scientists retrieve the papers and see how honest /dishonest people have been . And there's similar types of experiments carried out intercut with people who have committed dishonest acts such as insider dealing or infidelity

One fascinating justification people use isn't so much as "It isn't really cheating" but more along the lines of "Everyone else does it so let me off" . Perhaps even more interestingly the idea of getting caught is of little deterrence because the self justification seems to negate any potential punishment . An interesting documentary on human nature

Reviewed by vesil_vesalier 10 / 10

A special look at a common problem

In an age when we see more and more deception and lies becoming the norm, it is refreshing to see a documentary that not only attempts to take a long, serious look at deception, but also manages to do it in a way that is not judgmental, depressing, or angry. Instead, it is done in the purest of innocence: I felt like a scientist, reviewing the results of an experiment.

Dan Ariely is a charming, interesting person who manages to use a clever sense of humor which helps to move the documentary along, especially when he delivers his jokes right after confessional segments involving some very sad and understandable mistakes made by honest and seemingly decent people. By splitting up the documentary into parts involving his lecture, and then confessions by those who contribute to the discussion, we are allowed us the ability to make our own decisions about what we see, instead of having the opinions of the creators of the documentary force-feeding us what they want us to see.

We're left with a scientist's viewpoint, in every sense of the word, including the part where the final test results are less than optimistic. Even Dan Ariely himself seems saddened by the results of the final segment of this work, in which we are told that the future may have problems waiting for us that are surprising, to say the least.

One of the things that makes me wary when approaching documentaries is the overall feeling of depression that seems to accompany them. Here, they say, is a slice of reality, and reality, well… Sucks. Documentaries done like this are able to give you the information they want to, and not leave you feeling terrible for the world afterward, and that's especially true considering the very unfortunate results of that final test they spoke of, involving chips instead of real money.

Complaints I have read regarding this film are that no solutions are given for these problems, but this, to me, is not a flaw. Instead, I like the idea that the solutions are left to us, that the presentation of the problems open up discussion and awareness for ways for us to curb our dishonesty. It is harder to lie, once you see what it does to people.

I recommend this documentary to everyone.

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