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
In the spirit of that world, I cannot tell a lie: The Invention of Lying, which the English comedian both directed and wrote with Matthew Robinson, soon loses altitude and eventually falls flat. show more
Invention - a mash-up of two Jim Carrey comedies, "Liar Liar" and "Bruce Almighty" - flirts with being a one-gag pony. Shocking sincerity loses its comic impact after a while. show more
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.
horrible. wanted to stop watching halfway through but I didnt in hopes of it getting better...it never did.
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!