to suspend belief

Co-starring today in the recession-themed Larry Crowney, a film also co-written and directed by Hanks, they ask audiences to suspend belief and imagine that they know something of lay-offs, budget-tightening and job insecurity.

  • Hi,
    In the passage above, how accurate is the “suspend belief” used? Its opposite, the ‘suspend disbelief’ is quite common, but according to the original phrase, the author implies the audiences know nothing of “lay-offs, budget-tightening and job insecurity.”
    Where on earth did he meet those? Or I may have interpreted it wrongly?
    Thank you.

I think it is a mental glitch by the writer: he meant ‘disbelief’. It could also be the writer’s original wordplay, but if so, it is confusing.