The Invention of Lying

Released 2009


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Ricky Gervais , Matthew Robinson
The Invention of Lying is a quirky 2009 comedy brought to you by critically acclaimed stand up comedian Ricky Gervais (The Office, Extras, The Ricky Gervais Show) who writes, directs and stars in this one-of-a-kind film. Mark (Gervais), a failed screenwriter, is surrounded by honest people who are compelled to speak their mind and always tell the truth. But it's no wonder his creative juices are lacking when people can't see behind face value definitions. Mark resolves his stagnant career by adopting a sense of lying, which he cleverly incorporates into his writing and uses to woo Hollywood filmmakers. He suddenly has advantage over his competitors in the industry, and possibly those in the dating game as he ever-so-suavely grabs the attention of his all-time crush Anna (Jennifer Garner). The film co-stars many A-listers including Jonah Hill, Louis C.K., Jeffrey Tambor, Rob Lowe, Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and Philip Seymour Hoffman, among others. The Invention of Lying is a must see for all those who regularly enjoy Gervais' style, which is wrought with satire, dry humor, and just the right amount of British flavour.moreless


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  • 70

    Variety Justin Chang

    While it never tops the explosive hilarity of its first 20 minutes, The Invention of Lying is a smartly written, nicely layered comedy that, like last year's underappreciated "Ghos...

  • 50

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    While the movie is a conceptual pip filled with quotable laughs and gentle pokes at religious faith at its most literal, it also looks so shoddy that you yearn for the camerawork, ...

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times

    Ultimately it's the characters who are the joke -- too thin, too vacuous, too unlikable for us to care what happens in the next 30 minutes, much less for the rest of their lives. T...

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Comedy, Drama


Romantic Comedy, Love & Romance