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PG-13| 1 hr. 39 min.

Plot Summary
Mark Bellison (Ricky Gervais) is a down-on-his-luck writer who lives in world where falsehoods are completely unknown. When Mark suddenly develops the ability to lie, the notion that "honesty is the best policy" goes out the window, and he uses his newfound skill for personal gain.

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

Directors: Ricky Gervais , Matthew Robinson

Genres: Comedy

Distributor: Warner Bros.

Invention of Lying (2009)

Release Date: October 2nd, 2009|1 hr. 39 min.

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critic reviews ( 3 )
fan reviews ( 65 )
  • For its first stingingly funny half hour, The Invention of Lying had me thinking that Ricky Gervais had finally found a way to bring his indisputable brilliance at TV comedy (The Office, Extras) to the big screen. Then the air went out of the balloon. What a shame. show more

  • Ricky Gervais, instead of resting on formula and on a familiar persona, uses his first opportunity as a big-screen actor-director to make an original comedy that expresses some real thinking and feeling. show more

  • By adhering to the romantic-comedy formula, The Invention of Lying stops short of being truly inventive. But enough sequences are fresh and inspired to make this a comedy honestly worth catching. show more

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  • June 09, 2011 CHUREI
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    Hurrah for all involved in this quirky, delicious quasi-satircal film. Gervais has done a fantastic job in the entire enterprise, and his acting is on a par with the rest of his accomplishments. Jennifer Garner, in a very difficult role, is superb. Yes, there are wonderful jabs at religion and idol worship, but they are handled adeptly and with generous bolts of tongue-in-cheek, but always funny, outlooks. There are a few slow moments, true, but the entire film is a fine \'What If...\' work. \'What if...\' it were not possible to tell a lie... and, then, someone discovers how to do it.... Wonderful.

  • April 30, 2011 nf00000000090272
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    horrible. wanted to stop watching halfway through but I didnt in hopes of it getting better...it never did.

  • July 12, 2010 Bob Cavicchioni
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    All Christians boycott is evil "LIE" of a movie and these actors and actresses. . If "put aside falsehood" could have more of a clear meaning it would is this!

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