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The Invention of Lying

5 out of 10
Average rating 5 out of 10 based on 1 rating

The Invention of Lying
Director: Ricky Gervais
Matthew Robinson
Main parts: Ricky Gervais
Jennifer Garner
Jonah Hill
Louis C.K.
Jeffrey Tambor
Fionnula Flanagan
Rob Lowe
Tina Fey
Donna Sorbello
Stephanie March
Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Nathan Corddry
Edward Norton
Production year: 2009
Genre: Comedy
IMDB link: [LINK]
Bank | Blind Date | Casino | Fired At Work | Honesty | Invention | Liar | Lying | Playing God | Religion | Ten Commandments | Truth | Writer

Plot outlinie:
A comedy set in a world where no one has ever lied, until a writer seizes the opportunity for personal gain.

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Movie reviews for The Invention of Lying

2010-06-02  Niels Risgaard Hansen: 5 out of 10
In a world where people are only able to tell the truth, an unsuccessful screen writer gets fired and becomes on the verge of getting evicted. No one is able to tell the truth which results in a series of harsh (a bit too) honest remarks about his weight, appearance and steadily declining social status.
The exploration of a world, where no one is able to lie has a fantastic potential for a surreal and eyeopening plot. Unfortunately this is only delivered half way. It has some interesting perspectives, but they are lost when supplied with a bit too lame humor. Not being able to tell a lie does not mean you will have to blurt out your most rude thoughts as any given opportunity.
The plot also changes too fast from the introduction to the life of a regular loser's everyday life to the exploitation of his new abilities. I would have loved to see more of the world absolutely free of lies.

The acting is fairly good and the characters are nicely cast for their parts. Ricky Gervais is convincing as a fat looser (sorry), and does a good job as a beautiful but shallow young woman. Rob Lowe is also very good as the office creep.

In general an acceptable comedy, but the letdown due to a not fully explored plot combined with lame humor pulls my rating down below average.

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