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Format: DVD
Sku: 213445991
UPC: 883929047871
UPC 14: 00883929047871
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In A World Where Everyone Can Only Tell The Truth... This Guy Can Lie.
Mark billison is a very unsuccessful screenwriter with little hope for the future. In this comedy, set in a world where no one has ever lied, film entertainment consists of readings of historical facts. Mark, hoping for something livelier, makes a momentous discovery-the intentionally false statement.

"...a rather sweet little fable. Which of course would mean nothing if it weren't explosively funny.  David Edelstein, New York Magazine
"The performances are razor sharp. And the ideas in this movie are, no kidding, big.  Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

Editor's Note
It's no surprise that Ricky Gervais would be able to assemble a cast of funnymen (and funnywomen) for his directorial debut, but THE OFFICE star truly impresses with this list: Jennifer Garner, Louis C.K., Tina Fey, Christopher Guest, Jeffrey Tambor, and Jonah Hill. THE INVENTION OF LYING stars Gervais (who co-directed and co-wrote the script with Matthew Robinson) as a man living in a world where no one tells lies. When he discovers that he doesn't have to always tell the truth, things begin to change with inevitably hilarious results.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 11/8/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 99 minutes
Video UPC UPC: 00883929047871
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review The Invention of Lying - DVD Review
By: Jason Morgan DVD Reviews
Published on: 1/8/2010 6:42 PM
Given its loaded subject, The Invention of Lying seems like it would offer a cookie-cutter story -- the main character invents lying, lies too much, and learns a lesson. The truth of the movie, however, is even less interesting. The Invention of Lying is a shallow, empty comedy with more on celebrity cameos than laughs or charm. Mark Bellison (Ricky Gervais) lives in a world of truth. There is no lying, no deceit, and no fiction. (Never mind that fiction isn't the same as lying. The film strangely presumes that it the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Ricky Gervais
Video Cast Info John Hodgman
Video Cast Info Louis C.K.
Video Cast Info Rob Lowe
Video Cast Info Christopher Guest
Video Cast Info Jennifer Garner
Video Cast Info Jeffrey Tambor
Video Cast Info Tina Fey
Video Cast Info Jonah Hill
Video Cast Info Stephen Merchant
Video Cast Info Stephanie March
Video Cast Info Tim Atack - Composer
Video Cast Info Lynda Obst - Producer
Video Cast Info Oly Obst - Producer
Video Cast Info Ricky Gervais - Producer
Video Cast Info Dan Lin - Producer
Video Cast Info Ted Field - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Paris Kasidokostas Latsis - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Terry Dougas - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Susan Baden-Powell - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Tim Suhrstedt - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Ricky Gervais - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Matthew Robinson - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Ricky Gervais - Director
Video Cast Info Matthew Robinson - Director

Professional Reviews

Box Office
3.5 stars out of 5 -- "The film is loads of fun and boasts an all star comic cast....Their spirited interaction with this clever script is worth the price of admission alone." 09/17/2009

USA Today
3 stars out of 4 -- "The film takes off with all pistons firing, fusing a more accessible IDIOCRACY with the absurdity of THE LIFE OF BRIAN." 10/02/2009

Chicago Sun-Times
3 stars out of 4 -- "In its amiable, quiet, PG-13 way, THE INVENTION OF LYING is a remarkably radical comedy." 09/30/2009

A.V. Club
"Between laughs, LYING uses it skewed reality to comment on our own need to create useful fictions to wallpaper over the abyss." 10/01/2009

Entertainment Weekly
"[T]he performances are razor sharp. And the ideas in this movie are, no kidding, big." -- Grade: B 10/09/2009

San Francisco Chronicle 8 of 10
Take time to appreciate it, because right now we're in the midst of a strong era for screen comedy, with filmmakers pushing limits, bending genres and using comedy to advance serious ideas. The newest installment in this trend is The Invention of Lying, in which 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...The Invention of Lying, in addition to being very funny and inventive, is an attempt at a genuine statement about life, social discourse and morality. Ultimately, Gervais may bite off more than he can chew, but this movie shows he's going for the brass ring. First time out of the box, he's heading into Woody Allen territory...Onscreen, Gervais has something Jackie Gleason had: His eyes are rarely involved in the comedy. His eyes are fixed rather on the serious intention or emotion underlying the comedy. This weighty mental quality allows him to segue seamlessly from comic high jinks to drama. For example, he has a tearful breakdown in "The Invention of Lying" that eschews any sense of laugh-clown-laugh self-indulgence. It plays simply like the organic unfolding of the character...Jennifer Garner has never been better onscreen. Usually consigned to roles in which she's either blandly nice or some ridiculous superhero, Garner gets to show a comic facility we haven't seen before. She is both poignant and absurd, trying to keep up with a man whose lies give him an aura of brilliance and originality. The cast is rounded out nicely with some good comic actors in smaller roles (Louis C.K., Jonah Hill, Tina Fey) and cameos (Christopher Guest, Edward Norton). Together they give the sense of a community coming out to launch Gervais on his new venture...Consider him launched. - Mick LaSalle

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