Sorry for the absence guys but now we’re back with our weekly movie review – some good films have appeared lately on p2p networks and ‘The Invention of Lying’ is definitely one of them.
Co-written and directed by Ricky Gervais (his first film as a director) and newcomer Matthew Robinson, the film exposes a world where lying is totally unknown to mankind until Mark Bellison discovers it (“I said something that wasn’t”) and while there are moments where the glimpses into this world are a bit disappointing and not as spectacular as we’d expect, ‘The Invention of Lying’ manages to create the right context for deep thoughts and reflection.
Maybe the first 30 minutes of the film are its best but nonetheless it keeps a good pace and delivers good (sometimes bitter) comic scenes until the end. In this lies-free world depicted in the movie even the TV ads are violently honest – the ad for Coca-Cola, for example goes like this “it’s basically just brown sugar-water” while its main competitor brand solemnly reads “Pepsi. When They Don’t Have Coke”.
Some of the humor Gervais’ fans are used to from the very successful TV shows ‘Extras’ and ‘The Office’ is to be found here as well – waggish comedy, suspended phrases etc.
Although some of the potential of this comedy is sadly wasted and the film does tend to become too light and sugarish towards the end, its subversiveness still gets you.
‘The Invention of Lying’ made us hope for another collaboration Ricky Gervais – Matthew Robinson in the future maybe even wittier and funnier.
Cast: Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Rob Lowe, Jonah Hill, Louis C.K.
Director: Ricky Gervais, Matthew Robinson
Writer: Ricky Gervais, Matthew Robinson
Production year: 2009
Runtime: 99 minutes
Plot for ‘The Invention of Lying’ (IMDB)
Mark Bellison (Ricky Gervais) lives in a world just like our own, but no one lies there. Everyone is completely honest all the time. The first half of the movie shows Mark’s sad life a struggling loser, and how he is insulted by his completely honest coworkers, his Mom, and Anna (Jennifer Garner), his date. His Mom gets sick, and he makes up a story about an afterlife to help comfort his Mom on her deathbed. Doctors and nurses overhear him, and soon Mark becomes an international authority on the afterlife. People camp on his lawn to learn more. Mark develops a story about the “Man in the Sky,” who functions like God, and he pastes his theology on two pizza boxes like Moses and the ten commandments. Mark learns to lie to help his friends, get money at the bank, cheat at the casino, and eventually to win the affection of Anna.
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