The Invention of Lying

{4.5/5} “Do we have time to get to a motel or do we need to do it right here?”

In a world where everyone tells the truth, Mark writes screenplays — of course, they’re all based on history. Unfortunately he was stuck with the 1300s and no one wants to see a movie about the plague. So he was fired, and then he was evicted. But while withdrawing money at the bank he stumbled on something extraordinary — the concept of a lie.

The Invention of Lying was released in 2009.

If you were the only person in the world who lied, what would you do? It’s the opposite of Liar Liar — instead of one person having to tell the truth, everyone except for one person has to tell the truth.

If you like Ricky Gervais, you’ll like this movie — he wrote it with his co-director. If you don’t, maybe you won’t.

I liked it a lot. It’s funny — characters say things that people normally wouldn’t say. Not only do people not lie, they volunteer truthful information in situations where in the real world they wouldn’t.

Jennifer Garner does a great job as a woman who’s conflicted about what she wants in life.

The music is by Tim Atack (Reuniting the Rubins).

Ricky Gervais (Ghost Town) stars as Mark. Jennifer Garner (Juno) plays the woman Mark would like to date.

Jonah Hill (Megamind), Louis C.K. (the TV show Louie), and Philip Seymour Hoffman (A Late Quartet) play Mark’s friends. Jeffrey Tambor (the TV show Arrested Development), Tina Fey (Megamind), and Rob Lowe (the TV show Parks and Recreation) play people Mark works with. Fionnula Flanagan (Waking Ned Devine) plays Mark’s mother. Ruben Santiago-Hudson (the TV show Castle) plays Mark’s landlord.

The movie was directed by Ricky Gervais (Cemetery Junction) and Matthew Robinson (his first movie).

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