The Invention of Lying [2009] Movie Review Recommendation

The Invention of Lying [2009]

As much as I like Ricky Gervais and his style of comedy I must admit that his directing skills are not that good. He has a good idea on how to make things work but as for the long run goes he tends to lose himself in overshot scenes that will likely bore the average watcher. If you’re expecting non-stop laughter, you won’t find it here. This is a superbly thought-out comedy that works on another level. This doesn’t mean that there are no funny scenes, it just means they are sprinkled throughout the movie, leaving enough time for the viewer to ponder how lying impacts our daily life. Bigger question is how it influenced our development as a species, especially if you concentrate on religion.

So, imagine a world where are no lies and where everyone tells the truth, always. Of course from this you can derive a thousand jokes and gags and they did so. Mark Bellison is an average Joe loser, nobody likes him, he is not attractive and this pisses him off. The standard English withheld attitude comes to the center of attention in this flick with the collision of it and the lying. Jennifer Garner is a nice addition to the cast of the flick and she really helped to brighten things up. This is one of those it`s funny because it`s true comedies, but with overshooting problem, so I think you will have problems with keeping attention, but give it a shot, it will be worth it.

Directors: Ricky Gervais, Matthew Robinson

Cast: Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Jonah Hill, Louis C.K., Jeffrey Tambor, Rob Lowe

Fun Stuff: When trying to secure Philip Seymour Hoffman for his cameo his agent claimed he was too busy so Ricky Gervais requested his email address and sent him the following: “Dear Philip, will you please appear in my new film? There is very little money involved as I spent the budget on testicular implants, but don’t look upon them as my testicles, look at them as our testicles.” Phillip Seymour Hoffman couldn’t refuse after that.


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