Invention of Lying

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Superb movie!

by Leprakawn on 1/17/2011

This product was delivered within a week of ordering it (so good news on the shipping methods), and the movie was highly entertaining.

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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.

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Studio Warner
SKU 213445991
UPC 883929047871
UPC 14 00883929047871
Format DVD
Release Date 11/8/2011
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
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ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review 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.
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Reviewer Mick LaSalle
ReviewRating 8
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David Edelstein, New York Magazine ...a rather sweet little fable. Which of course would mean nothing if it weren't explosively funny.
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly The performances are razor sharp. And the ideas in this movie are, no kidding, big.

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