The Invention of Lying

"In a world where everyone can only tell the truth... This guy can lie."

'The Invention of Lying' is a comedic fantasy romance movie starring Jennifer Garner, Tina Fey, Rob Lowe, Jonah Hill, and Ricky Gervais, who also wrote the screenplay and directed. Jason Bateman, and Oscar winners Ed Norton and Philip Seymour Hoffman contribute notable cameos. Shot and edited in 2008, the film saw its world premiere the following year.

The film takes place in an alternate universe where lying doesn't exist and truth is absolute. Tact is also nonexistent and inhabitants speak frankly, even cruelly, publishing thoughts and feelings that shock and sting. Mark Bellison (Gervais) is a lecture film author down on his luck. Set up on a blind date one night by a mutual friend, Mark is immediately taken with the gorgeous and wealthy Anna McDoogles (Garner).

McDoogles informs Bellison she is not crazy about his looks, nor his socioeconomic station, but is merely seeing him as a favor to their mutual friend. Crushed, Bellison's life is further upset when he is terminated from his job and thrown out of his home owing to unpaid back rent. Bellison proceeds to the bank to withdraw all his money for rent and simultaneously close his account. At the bank, a teller informs him the computers are down, and simply asks him to name the amount of money he possesses in his account.

He has a eureka moment and lies about his net worth. The teller gives him the specified amount. Bellison discovers the power of lying. He then finagles a sexy woman into bed by convincing her the world will end unless they copulate. He pulls a shenanigan at a casino, extorting a large sum. He pens a tawdry sci-fi screenplay about a 14 century alien invasion, subsequently making rich overnight. He sets his sights back on capturing McDoogles.

Rich with metaphor and parallels to our own world, 'The Invention of Lying' is a timeless modern fairy tale about issues of integrity, self worth, and true love,

PG-13
| 2009 | 1 hr 39 min | 6.4/10
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Director
Ricky Gervais, Matthew Robinson
Language
English
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