Invention of Lying

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by Leprakawn on 1/17/2011

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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.


Studio Warner
SKU 213445991
UPC 883929047871
UPC 14 00883929047871
Format DVD
Release Date 11/8/2011
Fantasy Worlds
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
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
Ricky Gervais
Matthew Robinson
Rob Lowe
Jennifer Garner
Cast & Crew
Ricky Gervais - Star
John Hodgman - Star
Louis C.K. - Star
Rob Lowe - Star
Christopher Guest - Star
Jennifer Garner - Star
Jeffrey Tambor - Star
Tina Fey - Star
Jonah Hill - Star
Stephen Merchant - Star
Stephanie March - Star
Tim Atack - Composer
Lynda Obst - Producer
Oly Obst - Producer
Ricky Gervais - Producer
Dan Lin - Producer
Ted Field - Executive Producer
Paris Kasidokostas Latsis - Executive Producer
Terry Dougas - Executive Producer
Susan Baden-Powell - Executive Producer
Tim Suhrstedt - Director of Photography
Ricky Gervais - Screenwriter
Matthew Robinson - Screenwriter
Ricky Gervais - Director
Matthew Robinson - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2009
UPC 00883929047871
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 99 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
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.
Reviewer Mick LaSalle
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
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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