The Trouble with the Truth

Synopsis: Musician and starving artist Robert reconsiders his own failed marriage to Emily after his daughter announces that she's engaged.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Jim Hemphill
Production: 1428 Films
  1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min

[ Indistinct conversations ] [ Door opens, bell rings ] [ Door closes ] [ Door opens, bell rings ] [ Footsteps approaching ] [ Door closes ] Penitence. -Hey.

-Hi. -Where?

-Eight down. "Regret over one's misdeeds." Ah. -Thank you, Donut.

-Sure. -Good morning.

-Morning. -You want some breakfast?

-No, I'm good. I can't stay too long. I... I'm actually having brunch

with Hannah. I just wanted to pop in

and see what you were up to. Well, you know me --

the usual whirlwind of activity. Nonstop activity. How about you?

What's going on? Well, um... I have a little news. -Really?

-Mm-hmm. Dad. Who's the guy? What do you mean,

"Who's the guy?" Jason. -Jason Webber?

-Yes. Okay, so, I thought

that he was your fail-safe, like if you couldn't find

anybody better, like your safety school. No, Dad,

he's not my safety school. -God. Be nice.

-Well, come on, he's a doorknob. I mean, he's nice, he's amiable,

but he's a doorknob. Okay, don't sugarcoat it.

I mean, how do you really feel? Well, I think that the passion runs out of a relationship

fast enough without starting, you know,

handicapped right out of the gate

by marrying a pencil pusher. I'm in love with him. Well...fine.

You're in love with him. Then why ruin it

by getting married? Yes, I know,

that's what our generation did. -We got married, we had kids --

-And you got divorced. Exactly.

So, what did I learn from that? The only purpose of marriage

is to make it more difficult for two people who are

miserable together to break up. -You are such a romantic, Pop.

-Well, I mean it. Come on, now. What's --

Why are you doing this? I mean, if you love him

and you're happy together, you don't need a piece of paper

to stay together. But I want to have kids. What is this, the '50s? You don't need to get married

to have kids. You don't even need a man. Geez, Dad, you know, I-I...

I don't know. This is not the pep talk

that I had hoped it would be. A simple...congratulations,

that would have been just fine. Fine, fine, fine, fine.

All right. Maybe you and Jason will be

the exception to the rule. But if you know going in

that it's all gonna fade, maybe you'll have a little less

disappointment in the end. Thank you. Are you sure

you don't want to...order? All right. [ Both sigh ] So, what about your mother, huh? How...How is she? She's fine, I think. She's going to be out here

next week actually. -Really?

-Mm-hmm. Like a writing conference

or something. Huh. Maybe I should give her a call. [ Chuckles ] What, you don't think I should? [ Laughs ]

Do whatever you want. You always do. -What's that supposed to mean?

-Nothing. Forget it. I just...

I don't know. I think maybe you should give

her a little space right now. I think she and Jack

are having some problems. -Really?

-Jesus. You know what,

if you took as much pleasure in people's happiness as you do

their misery, then maybe you'd be a little more excited

about my engagement. I do take pleasure

in your being happy. That's why I don't want you

to get married. You know, you don't even have

to come if you don't want to. I mean, I can always have Jack

walk me down the aisle. Well, now, that is

a terrible thing to say. Oh [sighs] What do you expect? I mean, you can't even fake

being excited for me. Well, what can I say? I, you know, maybe I need

a little time to absorb this. I mean, come on,

give me a break. You know, it's like

a little bit of a shock to have

with my morning breakfast. I'm really sorry

to upset your routine. [ Sighs ]

Sweetheart, look, I'm sorry. I know.

I'm being a jerk, right? I'm playing the

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Jim Hemphill

Jim Hemphill (born December 6, 1971) is an American filmmaker and critic. He began his career writing about film in publications including the Chicago Reader, Film Quarterly and the American Cinematographer magazine. In 2005, he directed the independent horror film Bad Reputation, which won multiple awards at film festivals including Shriekfest, The Chicago Horror Film Festival and the Weekend of Fear in Erlangen, Germany. In 2012, he directed The Trouble with the Truth, an award-winning independent film starring Lea Thompson and John Shea. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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