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* ''Film/WhereTheTruthLies'': Karen is anonymously sent manuscripts for chapters of Lanny's memoir, his voiceover reading of such making up the narration for the film's flashbacks to the 1950s. However, the reliability of these manuscripts is later brought into question.


* Creator/{{Lifetime}} movie ''Her Married Lover'' is recollected by Katie who is telling a detective about her lover murdering his wife. In the meantime, two other detectives are interrogating the lover and getting a different story from him. [[spoiler:It turns out that Katie was obsessed with Richard and everything entailing the relationship was made up on her end. What verifies this is the photo strip she supposedly got when Richard proposed to her, which just shows her holding a picture of Richard rather than being with Richard himself.]]

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* Creator/{{Lifetime}} movie ''Her Married Lover'' ''Film/HerMarriedLover'' is recollected by Katie who is telling a detective about her lover murdering his wife. In the meantime, two other detectives are interrogating the lover and getting a different story from him. [[spoiler:It turns out that Katie was obsessed with Richard and everything entailing the relationship was made up on her end. What verifies this is the photo strip she supposedly got when Richard proposed to her, which just shows her holding a picture of Richard rather than being with Richard himself.]]


* David Leigh (David Beard) in ''Film/TheLastBroadcast''. Even his narraton being a documentary doesn't help.

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* David Leigh (David Beard) in ''Film/TheLastBroadcast''. Even his narraton narration being a documentary doesn't help.help.
* ''Film/TheLastJedi'': Poe disagrees with and [[spoiler:eventually leads a [[TheMutiny mutiny]] against]] Admiral Holdo during the SternChase arc due to disagreeing with her plan to sacrifice the Resistance's capital ships to conceal transports carrying their personnel and whatever equipment they can fit aboard to a hiding place, after she initially refused to even tell him there ''was'' a plan. The arc is told from Poe's perspective, but if you analyze Holdo's actions from ''her'' perspective, they all actually make perfect sense: the Resistance's odds aren't good against the First Order fleet in a head-on attack, she doesn't know for certain how the First Order is tracking them so she compartmentalizes sensitive information to the bare minimum number of people needed to carry out the plan for as long as possible, and she especially doesn't trust Poe in particular because Leia relieved him as commander of the fighter wing for getting most of it killed attacking the ''Fulminatrix'' against a direct order. [[OddballInTheSeries ...But this is a much greater degree of subtlety than we typically expect from]] a ''Franchise/StarWars'' movie, which is part of the reason for the [[ContestedSequel mixed reaction to the film]].

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* ''Film/MarthaMarcyMayMarlene'': Given how much is portrayed as ambiguous regarding Martha's experiences, what she says about her past may not be wholly reliable.


* In ''Film/Theshout'', there is no way of verifying any details of Crossley's story, and given the self-serving nature of his tale, it is likely that he fudging facts even if the events are broadly true (and even that assumption is debatable).

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* In ''Film/Theshout'', ''Film/TheShout'', there is no way of verifying any details of Crossley's story, and given the self-serving nature of his tale, it is likely that he fudging facts even if the events are broadly true (and even that assumption is debatable).






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* In ''Film/Theshout'', there is no way of verifying any details of Crossley's story, and given the self-serving nature of his tale, it is likely that he fudging facts even if the events are broadly true (and even that assumption is debatable).

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*''Film/TheShining'': Roger Ebert argued that the audience is never given unambiguous evidence that any of Jack, Wendy, or Danny's perspectives is objective and accurate.


* In ''Film/WhoAmI'', the interrogators (and by extension the audience) learn of the hero's backstory through narrated flashbacks. However, TheReveal exposes key points of his story to be false.

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* In ''Film/WhoAmI'', ''Film/WhoAmI2014'', the interrogators (and by extension the audience) learn of the hero's backstory through narrated flashbacks. However, TheReveal exposes key points of his story to be false.


* Matthew [=McConaughey=] in ''Film/{{Frailty}}''.

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* Matthew [=McConaughey=] in ''Film/{{Frailty}}''. His family can detect the presence of demons in the people they kill, he's the other brother, and Boothe has a demon inside of him...


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* Kunal's haunted house experience in ''Film/{{Pizza}}'' is actually him recounting the story that his writer wife came up with to explain why his pizza bag (which had contained smuggled diamonds hidden as chocolates) was abandoned at the bungalow, with them knowing that his superstitious boss won't investigate further.

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* The killer in ''Film/DeadlyDetention'' states that his actions are a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against the students for [bullying his daughter until she [[DrivenToSuicide committed suicide]]. The FinalGirl however, states that she and the others were actually quite friendly with her, and that the killer may have been an AbusiveParent.



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* ''Film/WonderWoman2017'': Considering Hippolyta is doing everything she can to hide Diana's identity as the God-Killer and the eventual reveal that Ares barely had to do anything to send humanity into their violent ways, her telling of the fall of the Olympian gods to Diana becomes questionable in terms of accuracy and honesty.


* ''Film/JennifersBody'' is told as flashback by Anita, who is a patient in a mental hospital. The story in the flashback appears to contain multiple supernatural aspects, notably that Anita's friend Jennifer has magic powers. At the end of the film, Anita appears to use the magic powers that had supposedly been Jennifer's to break out of the asylum. Was all of it real? All the delusions of a lunatic? Not precisely real, but the truth as seen ThroughTheEyesOfMadness?

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* ''Film/JennifersBody'' ''Film/JennifersBody'': One possible interpretation. The story is told as a flashback by Anita, Needy, who is a patient in a mental hospital. prison psych ward. The story in the flashback appears to contain multiple supernatural aspects, notably that Anita's Needy's friend Jennifer has magic powers. At the end of the film, Anita [[spoiler:Needy appears to use the magic powers that had supposedly been Jennifer's to break out of the asylum.prison]]. Was all of it real? All the delusions of a lunatic? Not precisely real, but the truth as seen ThroughTheEyesOfMadness?


* In ''Film/Joker2019'', there are multiple unreliable narrators, but the worst offender is the Joker himself, being both the point of view character and [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness mentally ill enough that it's debatable whether some of the events of the film are real or only happening in the Joker's head.]] Then there's the Joker's mother, who may or may not be delusional herself but was definitely lobotomized at one point, and the Joker's possible father, [[spoiler: Thomas Wayne, who may have just convinced everyone that the Joker's mother was crazy so that no one would know that he had a child with a lower class woman.]] There's evidence to support both his mother and his father's version of events, but their stories contradict each other, so either one of them could be lying (or too mentally ill to know the truth, in his mother's case.)

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* In ''Film/Joker2019'', there are multiple unreliable narrators, but the worst offender is the Joker himself, being both the point of view character and [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness mentally ill enough that it's debatable whether some of the events at the end of the film are real or only happening in the Joker's head.]] Then there's the Joker's mother, who may or may not be delusional herself but was definitely lobotomized at one point, and the Joker's possible father, [[spoiler: Thomas Wayne, who may have just convinced everyone that the Joker's mother was crazy so that no one would know that he had a child with a lower class woman.]] There's evidence to support both his mother and his father's version of events, but their stories contradict each other, claims, so either one of them could be lying (or too mentally ill to know the truth, in it's unclear whether his mother's case.)mother actually ever had a relationship with [[spoiler: Thomas Wayne]] or if she was just delusional enough to believe they were in a relationship.

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* In ''Film/Joker2019'', there are multiple unreliable narrators, but the worst offender is the Joker himself, being both the point of view character and [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness mentally ill enough that it's debatable whether some of the events of the film are real or only happening in the Joker's head.]] Then there's the Joker's mother, who may or may not be delusional herself but was definitely lobotomized at one point, and the Joker's possible father, [[spoiler: Thomas Wayne, who may have just convinced everyone that the Joker's mother was crazy so that no one would know that he had a child with a lower class woman.]] There's evidence to support both his mother and his father's version of events, but their stories contradict each other, so either one of them could be lying (or too mentally ill to know the truth, in his mother's case.)


* A truly bizarre example in ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove''. The story itself is objective, but the narration accompanying it is biased towards Emperor Kuzco, since he ''is'' the narrator. At one point, while complaining about how everyone else is the problem, his on-screen self interrupts to remind him the audience saw what happened and knows that isn't true. He's literally arguing with himself over the reliability. Narrator-Kuzco falls silent and is never heard from again.

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* A truly bizarre example in ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove''.''WesternAnimation/TheEmperorsNewGroove''. The story itself is objective, but the narration accompanying it is biased towards Emperor Kuzco, since he ''is'' the narrator. At one point, while complaining about how everyone else is the problem, his on-screen self interrupts to remind him the audience saw what happened and knows that isn't true. He's literally arguing with himself over the reliability. Narrator-Kuzco falls silent and is never heard from again.



* A few fans believe this trope is the reason for the [[SeriesContinuityError inconsistencies]] of ''Disney/TheLionKingOneAndAHalf'' compared to the first two films.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons.'' Bowler Hat Guy (aka [[spoiler:Lewis' roommate Goob]]) tells his StartOfDarkness, which he blames on Lewis; however, tying in with [[AnAesop the movie's main theme]], it's really a matter of BHG refusing to let a relatively minor incident go, even after many years. Part of the flashback includes a scene of young BHG walking down the hall at school, angrily ignoring everyone else:

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* A few fans believe this trope is the reason for the [[SeriesContinuityError inconsistencies]] of ''Disney/TheLionKingOneAndAHalf'' ''WesternAnimation/TheLionKingOneAndAHalf'' compared to the first two films.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons.''WesternAnimation/MeetTheRobinsons.'' Bowler Hat Guy (aka [[spoiler:Lewis' roommate Goob]]) tells his StartOfDarkness, which he blames on Lewis; however, tying in with [[AnAesop the movie's main theme]], it's really a matter of BHG refusing to let a relatively minor incident go, even after many years. Part of the flashback includes a scene of young BHG walking down the hall at school, angrily ignoring everyone else:



* In ''Disney/{{Moana}}'', the titular character's grandmother relates the mythic tale of Te Fiti and Te Ka [[spoiler: as two separate entities, but they are revealed to be two aspects of the same god once Te Fiti's heart is returned. Maui, who was actually there, makes the same mistake]].

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* In ''Disney/{{Moana}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Moana}}'', the titular character's grandmother relates the mythic tale of Te Fiti and Te Ka [[spoiler: as two separate entities, but they are revealed to be two aspects of the same god once Te Fiti's heart is returned. Maui, who was actually there, makes the same mistake]].

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