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The Invention of Lying (2009)

The Invention of Lying
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Ricky Gervais Ricky Gervais
Mark Bellison
Jennifer Garner Jennifer Garner
Anna McDoogles
Jonah Hill Jonah Hill
Louis C.K. Louis C.K.
Jeffrey Tambor Jeffrey Tambor
Fionnula Flanagan Fionnula Flanagan
Martha Bellison
Rob Lowe Rob Lowe
Brad Kessler
Tina Fey Tina Fey

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Ricky Gervais Ricky Gervais
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Matthew Robinson Matthew Robinson
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Promising feature debut for Gervais

4 years ago at Aug 20 3:39
3 votes
"I said something...that wasn't."

Making the transition from television to the big screen, 2009's The Invention of Lying denotes the directorial debut of Ricky Gervais, who co-wrote and co-directed with fellow feature film virgin Matthew Robinson. A smart high-concept comedy, this is an attractively-mounted and thematically thoughtful fantasy; not perfect by any means, but a worthwh... read more


7 years ago at Aug 1 17:24
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They had a good idea, but they ruined it. The people don't even "not lie" they just talk too much. The waiter didn't HAVE to tell him she was way out of his league, not saying it wouldn't exactly making him a liar. I also thought the part when his mom dies, was kind of depressing. It's the kind of thing you'd expect from a Clint Eastwood movie. It had its good parts where it made you laugh a bit,... read more

finally something decent comes around

7 years, 6 months ago at Jan 29 4:56
1 vote
Imagine a world in which you tell someone exactly whats on your mind about them. Its dull, blunt, very truthful, no one has an opinion for themselves, and sometimes it's down right predictable, this is the world Mark Bellison (Ricky Gervais) lives in. However, mark's life is dull he is facing the fact that he is about to lose his job at lecture films (or paramount pictures in our world). Also Mark... read more
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Description: “The Invention of Lying” takes place in an alternate reality in which lying-even the concept of a lie-does not exist. Everyone-from politicians to advertisers to the man and woman on the street-speaks the truth and nothing but the truth with no thought of the consequences. But when a down-on-his-luck loser named Mark (Gervais) suddenly develops the ability to lie, he finds that dishonesty has its rewards. In a world where every word is assumed to be the absolute truth, Mark easily lies his way to fame and fortune. But lies have a way of spreading, and Mark begins to realize that things are getting a little out of control whe ... (more)
Release date: 2 October 2009
Tags: Comedy (23), 2009 (12), Romance (9), Fantasy (8), Satire (6), (4), 2000s (4), God (3), Religion (3), British (3), Honesty (3), Lies (2), Society (2), Philosophy (2), English (2), Pizza Boxes (1), Liar (1), Drama (1), Death Of Mother (1), 2000 (1)
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"Directed by Ricky Gervais and Matthew Robinson Starring Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Dreama Walker, Edward Norton, Stephen Merchant, Bobby Moyniham, Jason Bateman, Louis C.K., Roz Ryan, Jonah Hill, Jeffrey Tambor, Fionnula Flanagan, Stephanie March, Rob Lowe, Tina Fey, Reuben Santiago-Hudson, John Hodgman, Matthew Robinson, Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Donna Sorbello, Nathan Corddry, Martin Starr, and Christopher Guest "

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