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The Invention of Lying

7 Ratings: 2.4
A movie directed by Matthew Robinson and Ricky Gervais

It's official: Ricky Gervais is a genius. He may not have cured cancer or discovered a new branch of mathematics, but having createdThe Office,Extras, and nowThe Invention of Lyinghas secured him a place in the history of comedy.The Invention of … see full wiki

4 reviews about The Invention of Lying
review by . August 21, 2010
This is probably one of the most original movies of the past decade. The story is simple enough; mankind has not learned how to lie, and we witness the very first man acquire and use this "talent." Set in modern-day America, most likely a small town in the New England countryside, this story shows what society might be like if everyone told the truth, and nothing but the truth, without pause or censorship. Now first of, if I were a thinking man, I would straight away ask if American society would …
review by . March 17, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Every once in a while, a movie comes along that is as funny as it is thought-provoking. I've always thought of The Truman Show as one such film. The Invention of Lying is another. I wasn't sure what to expect given that most modern comedies are worthless garbage, but I was very pleasantly surprised.     The Invention of Lying features an alternate reality in which humans are incapable of lying or distorting the truth. Everybody simply states whatever is on their mind, no matter …
review by . February 14, 2010
But still an interesting watch. I think what killed it most for me was not that they all told the truth, but that they told the first thing they were thinking and were all quite rude. Not that they could help it, we're told, but still. A great cast that did their best with the script given them. In any case, it was a sweet little story that showed how boring the world would be if everyone could only tell the truth; boring documentaries instead of fiction, everything at face value with no mystery/depth, …
review by . October 06, 2009
I've enjoyed Ricky Gervais ever since I first saw him in the UK version of The Office. His performance in his next series, Extras, was even better. Now comes The Invention of Lying, the first movie he (co)directed, and it is very entertaining!    Basically what we have here is a movie set in a world where lying never evolved. As a result, lots of things are different (like a Pepsi ad that says, "Pepsi: for when you can't find Coke"). Enter Mark Bellison (Gervais). He's a short …
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