The Invention of LyingDirector: Matthew Robinson
Ricky Gervais directs himself in The Invention of Lying, a comedy in which everyone in the world tells the truth except for one misfit in the film industry, who after discovering the act of lying, milks it to become the world's most phenomenal performer. Matthew Robinson will co-direct from his own script, which he and Gervais collaborated on. Jennifer Garner, Rob Lowe, Jonah Hill, and Louis C.K. co-star in the Media Rights Capital production, with John Hodgman, Tina Fey, Christopher Guest, and Jeffrey Tambor rounding out the rest of the cast.
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- Warner Home Video
Cast & Crew
|Rachel Abarbanell||Associate Producer|
|Tim Atack||Score Composer|
|Sue Baden-Powell||Executive Producer|
|Susie de Santo||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Terry Dougas||Executive Producer|
|Dana DuFine||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Priscilla Elliott||Art Director|
|Ted Field||Executive Producer|
|Glenn Freemantle||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Alexander Hammond||Production Designer|
|Adam Maxwell Keene||Asst. Director|
|Paris Kasidokostas Latsis||Executive Producer|
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I really liked this movie
WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS. Okay, so the first lie he tells in the story is for his own financial benefit, but the second one is successful in putting his mother's mind at ease. She is on her deathbed and she voices her terror that she's headed for "an eternity of nothing." Moved to tears, he tells her about Heaven and I say kudos to Gervais for finding a terrific way to address the value of religious belief - it fulfills the emotional need for comfort that just about everyone has ever had. But in the story, his character doesn't see the consequences of his words and within a day the media and indeed the world have gone bananas over this incredible knowledge that somehow he alone possessed. Then we move into the murkier aspects of faith: he writes 10 rules onto the backs of two pizza boxes, and as he announces them to the crowd outside his apartment there are of course myriad questions and objections. There's quite a bit more to the film than the scenes I mentioned, but those moments are what stood out for me since I'm also a non-believer (but was a Christian at one time). Overall a good film with plenty of laughs because of everyone else's straightforward comments, no matter how rude or mean-spirited.
Films like "The Invention of Lying" generally give out all they've got to offer in as long as it takes you to read the title. Characters which are too naïve to tell a lie brazenly share every thought which crosses their minds. They are the the cinematic equivalent of the jerk on the road who can't slow down simply by coming off the gas pedal; he must frequently and inconsiderately slam on his brakes. Sadly, this makes the first half-hour of the movie nothing more than pale imitation of Jim Carrey's "Liar Liar". Fortunately, the film takes off from there, tackling the ever-touchy issue of God. Anyone familiar with Ricky Gervais knows that he's an outspoken atheist, and he was uncompromising in this film. Still, he handles it delicately, at one moment vindicating faith and at the next relegating it to the world of the fantastic. The films journey, lined with its central comedic conceit, is an emotional trek that makes the film well worth watching, and outstanding in it's class.
The Invention of Lying is a comedy, based on the premise than in an alternate universe, people can`t lie - they are simply unable to. They tell the truth, what`s on their mind all the time. Mark Bellison (Ricky Gervais) is a very unsuccesful perosn,both in his work (he is just fired) and his private life (the girl he has been dreaming about has absolutely no interest in him), that is, until he utters the world`s first lie, which shall be followed by many. Hilarity ensues, naturally. Personally, I liked this movie. Ricky Gervais is fantastic. Sometimes it is painful to even watch his sufferings. Jennifer Garner(love interest)and Rob Lowe (archenemy), and the others characters are good too. Then again, it kind of fell flat towards the end, and the whole romantic thing was too much for me - but it was funny.
Too funny! It will be lost on the people of faith but for the rest of us a must own!