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Often time we may find ourselves (or someone close to us) faking skills or circumstances to either achieve something we strongly desire or to get us through a tough situation.  

We may exaggerate our resume to get the job we really want; we might pretend to be something we're not in order to catch or hold someone’s attention; or, we may claim to be someone's friend because it's easier than telling them how we really feel.

Since the best characters in films are often those in whom we can see ourselves, it’s no surprise that movies involving deception are highly popular. Our favorite characters make good and bad decisions, do what they need to do in order to survive according to their own comfort levels, and sometimes will even hurt those closest to them so that the reality of their particular situation doesn't become unbearable.  

Characters in the movies, however, only ever feel bad for having "faked it" if the script dictates that they must. We can only hope that, since we're operating without the safety net of a script, we learn our lessons a little better, and walk away a little more 'real' for our efforts.

This week’s Friday Five is comprised of a big bunch of fakers. Some have the best of intentions, while others seek only to deceive. Maybe we can learn something from their mistakes, and save ourselves a bit of heartache.

Catch Me If You Can This true story, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, shows just how well some people can fake their way through situations when properly motivated.  Frank Abagnale (DiCaprio) is desperate to escape the reality of his and his parents' unhappiness; FBI Agent Carl Hanratty (Hanks) is desperate to catch the man who has successfully conned airlines, hospitals and innocent people out of millions. In the end we might not be certain who can be trusted, or who can be trusted to fake it. Rated PG-13

About A Boy Will (played by Hugh Grant) is a self-sufficient, self-centered jerk who loves women and avoids commitment. He is admittedly shallow and believes that every man is an island and should stay that way. After alienating the majority of the single women in his area, Will decides to pretend to have a child so that he can take part in single parents' groups and meet single moms. You'd think that when that particular situation blows up in his face he'd learn his lesson, but there are no depths to Will's shallowness. Based on the novel by Nick Hornby. Rated Pg-13

Down With Love This light-hearted romp starring Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor pays playful homage to the Doris Day/Rock Hudson escapades of the 60s. When feminist Barbara Novak (Zellweger) arrives in New York City with her guaranteed best seller "Down With Love," reporter and notorious womanizer Catcher Block (McGregor) goes undercover to make the authoress fall in love. Their cat and mouse game is eventually revealed, and to say that Ms. Novak herself has been faking it all along is the understatement of the 1960s! Rated PG-13

Big Daddy When ne'er-do-well Sonny Koufax (Adam Sandler) seizes the opportunity to impersonate his friend Kevin Gerrity for his own gains, he does so with little thought of Julian, the boy who is led to believe that Sonny is his father. Unfortunately for both Sonny and Julian, the lie is soon found out and Sonny loses the one person who has ever loved him unconditionally. Now he'll risk everything to make amends and get Julian back into his life, even the wrath of his own father.  (I truly believe this film to be one of Sandler's best! Also has a killer soundtrack!). Rated PG-13

The Truman Show Although he doesn't know it, Truman Burbank (played by Jim Carrey) is the only person in his life who isn't faking it. He is adored by millions as the star of his own TV show, yet has no idea that his life isn't real.  What he does know is that he is unfulfilled, and no one else seems to care. All Truman wants is to travel the world and find the girl who got away, but he just might have to wise up and do a little faking of his own to pull it all off.  Rated PG

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      Yana Berlin wrote Nov 20, 2008
    • What a great preface, you had me until the end.



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      Jenz ~ wrote Nov 20, 2008
    • I don’t believe I’ve ever seen anyone get what they truly wanted as a result of faking something. I guess I don’t have it in me to do so, which would make it less understandable to a point. Be yourself I say. :)
      G‘nite friends! :)



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      Bobbi Bacha wrote Nov 20, 2008
    • I run into people that have faked it alot, but you know I have to honestly say, that many do get where they want from doing so.  While in Hollywood this past summer, I was dinning with a producer friend of mine, and he told me the story about how he got started.  He said, I took a risk and fabricated or exaggerated my resume and then started doing what I always wanted to do .. produce.  The rest is History.. He is very famous now.  He said after the first fake he never had to do it again as it gave him the foothold he needed to get the job he desired.  

      If we didnt have this producer, I dont want to name names, we would not have many of the historical movies we enjoy today.  He is phenominal.  

      I asked him if he ever regreted it and he said NEVER not once.  He said, he had to do what he had to do to survive and reach his goals, and he doesnt look back.

      Now, having said that, Ive seen the same things backfire terribly on many.

      I think its destiny, sometimes its our fate to push fate, sometimes its just not our fate to do so.



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      Feathermaye wrote Nov 20, 2008
    • Hi Yana, and thanks! But, um... does that mean I lost you in the end? ;)

      Hi jenz! I agree with you completely; I’ve never seen anyone “fake it” successfully forever, although I have seen a few get away with it for a while. Thanks for your comment!



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      Feathermaye wrote Nov 20, 2008
    • You may be right about that destiny, thing, Bobbi. Thanks for your comment!



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      Jenz ~ wrote Nov 20, 2008
    • You're welcome. :) An interesting topic for sure. And greeneyed, very well put.
      ps These conversations are great I could read for hours. (I'm a new empty-nester so I'm always on this thing at night/late anyway.)
      I like seeing what everyone’s points of view are.



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      Feathermaye wrote Nov 20, 2008
    • And have y‘all seen any of the movies recommended, or think you might enjoy any that you haven’t?



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      Yana Berlin wrote Nov 21, 2008
    • NO, you didn’t lose me at the end, I just didn’t see it coming with the reviews...that’s why it was a good preface for me. I usually can predict the end, and it kills it for me. So it had a nice twist before you introduced the movies.

      As for the movies, Catch me if you can, was okay...the book was so much better as usual.

      I didn’t see The Truman Show, but the rest of the movies were okay, definitely a rental.

      Have you seen a movie The Namesake? I think it’s the only movie I’ve seen that I liked better than the book.  (check out my “than“) I think I got it....



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      Feathermaye wrote Nov 21, 2008
    • I’m glad you enjoyed the twist Yana.

      The first time I saw Catch Me If You Can I didn’t like it all, but Scott did. A lot. As such, he’s picked it as the “bedtime movie” several times and it’s grown on me.

      I haven’t heard of The Namesake, but I’m definitely intrigued.

      And your THAN is perfect. ;)



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      Feathermaye wrote Nov 21, 2008
    • I love hearing that you‘re looking forward to it, Annie! Thanks for starting my day with that smile. :)

      I agree about Big Daddy. I was really surprised to enjoy it on the level I did, because (as much as I love him, too) Adam Sandler is typically so silly. This one still had the silly, but a great story, too.



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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote Nov 21, 2008
    • I liked “About a Boy.” Toni Collette was great and it was good to see Hugh Grant as a real putz instead of a charming putz.  

      Did not want to see “Big Daddy“-the previews showing him peeing on the wall with the kid turned me off.

      Don’t remember much about “The Truman Show.”



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      Daphne wrote Nov 21, 2008
    • One of the funniest lines i’ve heard came from “Big Daddy“...

      “You call that doing the laundry?  Where i come from, it’s called the hibbidy-dibbidy.”



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      Daphne wrote Nov 21, 2008
    • And, BTW, Heather...you‘re doing a great job with this feature!



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      Lorilyn wrote Nov 21, 2008
    • I really liked the Truman show, Catch Me was ok.How about School of Rock with Jack Black,faking being a substitute. I don’t really like him,but many people do.



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      Feathermaye wrote Nov 21, 2008
    • Lu, Big Daddy was not without its flaws, but the story was a very sweet one, and had some great comic moments along the way. And I agree with you that Toni Collette rocked it in *About A Boy*. She has quickly become one of my favorite actresses.

      Daph, I love “hibbidy-dibbidy” too, lol!!

      lorilyn, School of Rock actually made my short list, but not the final cut. I'm an on-again, off-again fan of Jack Black, and thought he was pretty good in this one.

      Thanks for the comments, ladies!!



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      Lorilyn wrote Nov 23, 2008
    • I was thinking of movies in which actors faked their role really well,until they were found out. I remembered Yentl with Barbra Streisand.What a great movie !



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