Written and directed by Ricky Gervais and Matthew Robinson, this hilarious comedy takes place in an alternative reality in which lying does not exist. Everyone, even politicians and advertisers, speaks the truth (and nothing but the truth). But when a loser named Mark (Ricky Gervais) discovers lying, he finds that dishonesty has its rewards. In a world where every word Is assumed to be the absolute truth, Mark succeeds In lying his way to fame and fortune. But things soon get out of control, as people start to treat his lies as gospel. He has the entire world hanging on his every word • but can he win the heart of the woman he loves?
A very funny, arch and intelligent film
- The Invention of Lying review by PV
I wasn't expecting to like this movie much - I am no big fan of the massively over-rated Office or Ricky Gervais - but I ended up really enjoying it: the film is funny, intelligent, poignant, with some great one-liners, and a good script, and a great soundtrack! Some nice satire about religion and the gullibility of people (esp Americans) too! Perhaps for anyone non-British, the humour and ironies will not be fully understoood; and fans of The Office of Gervais stand-up won't like it; and younger people may find it up to the usual banal cliche-ridden glossy grossness of their fave Hollywood 'comedies'. But I ended up loving it - and would recommend it highly to the more educated audience who can 'get' its arch satirical bite - I loved the Python-esque 'Man in the Sky' scene with Gervais character explaining everything and all the people grilling him about this 'religion' thing! So true to life like the best satire. I think people who dislike this movie miss most of it - perhaps they should stick to American Pie? This Invention of Lying is a rare beast: it can make you both laugh and cry - I was genuinely touched by the scenes between the Gervais character and his mother, but perhaps you need to be 'of age' to get that. Great! But not for the gross out Hollywood movies lovers out there.
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Has its moments but is more of a linear philosophy 101 thought experiment than a comedy.
- The Invention of Lying review by HG
It's funny because it's true but unfortunately it actually needs to be clever and this isn't. Although it is true about Mr G's appearance flabby and a bit short which is how the script gets after the jokes start getting recycled half way through. What it does show is the thought experiment doesn't work given rg's imagination at doesn't really entertain either and has a shockingly bad ending.