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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

Frank
Fionnula Flanagan

Fionnula Flanagan

Martha Bellison
Rob Lowe

Rob Lowe

Brad Kessler
Tina Fey

Tina Fey

Shelley


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Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais

(written by)
Matthew Robinson

Matthew Robinson

(written by)


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Gervais - This Side of the Truth

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Promising feature debut for Gervais

1 year, 11 months 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

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4 years, 12 months ago at Aug 1 17:24
1 vote
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

5 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) sud ... (more)
Release date: 2 October 2009
Comedy (23), 2009 (11), 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), Rest Home (1), Ricky Gervais (1), Date (1), Rom Com (1), Screenwriter (1)
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" The Plot: “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 easi"


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Promising feature debut for Gervais

“"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 worthwhile demonstration of Gervais' talent for comedic timing and dry humour. Nevertheless, one can't help but feel a little bit let down given the strength of Gervais' TV work (The Office) and stand-up comedy. It seems odd that the British comedian has yet to create a genuine home run of a motion picture.

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The Invention of Lying unfolds in a fantastical alter” read more

dannyjai posted a review 2 years, 2 months ago

“Ricky Gervais is a funny guy and has made some funny movies, so I thought I would watch this. The story started off good, but like so many good stars sometimes it fails to finish. The idea was great, and the movie had so much potential but I think the story got lost at Gervais trying to hard to be funny. This movie is the type you will like it or not like it, I liked the start of it but not all of it.” read more

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DirtyFlusher posted a review 3 years ago

“In honor of 'The Invention of Lying', I will write this review in the style of the movie:

I was excited to watch this film as I hadn't seen it before. I like Ricky Gervais although I believe he is a pompous arsehole who has an over inflated sense of self worth. That said he is very funny. The film kicked off and I found the premise that no one could lie inviting and intriguing; although i'm sure those are synonyms. After 5 minutes of the cast's refreshing honesty I found it tedious and tiresome; again another synonym which I fear is revealing my inexperience in technical writing. The film trundled along at a reasonable pace until the invention of lying. This twist then gave a refreshing outlook on the film which made me enjoy it more. However Ricky Gervais is undoubtedly 1 dimens” read more

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