The Invention of Lying

The Invention of Lying

Blu-ray Disc - 2010
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Mark is a desperate unemployed writer who lives in a world where everyone unfailingly tells the truth. People don't even know what fiction is. Every thought, no matter how humiliating or harsh, tumbles out unvarnished. Then one day, Mark becomes so desperate he concocts a lie. In a world where everyone is unfailingly honest, a lie is believed with total and absolute gullibility. Mark can get anything he wants. The one thing he truly wants is the love of a girl named Anna who happens to be the one person he can't bring himself to lie to.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [2010]
Edition: Blu-ray.
ISBN: 9781419877032
Branch Call Number: 791.4361 INVENTION
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (99 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.


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Jul 20, 2019

I didn't think it was that good or worth watching.

Jul 02, 2019

for those with the eyes to see !!!

Sep 19, 2018

This movie is quite literally about the guy who invented the concept of lying. In a world where it is impossible to tell anything but the truth, an average and out of luck man suddenly evolves the ability to lie. This leads to him getting everything he could ever hope for, but at what cost? I was actually quite excited to see this movie because I found the concept fascinating and felt like there were many things that you could do with it, but my expectations fell short when I realized the movie was largely just stupid one-liners and pointless events. I would have enjoyed this movie more if things were taken a little bit more seriously, and not just strictly seen as a comedy. I would rate this movie 3/5 stars.
- @The_Reviewer of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

May 19, 2018

There are some cute moments here—a commercial for Coke begs people to keep buying the beverage even though it’s just “brown sugar water”; movies are problematic (fiction is unheard of); and the world of dating is precarious indeed when you feel compelled to tell the other person exactly what you think of them—and religion is taken for a well-deserved ride. But despite an impressive string of comedy cameos that include Jonah Hill, Louis C.K., and Tina Fey among others, and a heart-rending scene between Bellison and his dying mother played by Fionnula Flanagan, this is essentially a one joke standup routine that quickly runs out of novel ways to tell the truth. Add to that a soppy love story between Gervais and Garner and you have a moderately funny skit stretched to motion picture lengths. An interesting premise (given the reverse treatment by Jim Carrey two years earlier in "Liar Liar") but Gervais sidesteps any deeper implications for a couple of surface laughs.

Aug 04, 2016

Funny. But more than that it's clever, interesting and beautiful. Wonderful movie. Watched it three times before I returned it.

Jul 08, 2016

Completely stupid!

Jan 15, 2016

Light and fun on the surface, but there's some deeper philosophy here too. It won't be the best film you've ever seen, but it's worth watching.

Jun 29, 2015

I could not get into this movie at all and gave up after 30 minutes. Not funny at all and very predictable. Best not to bother with.

Dec 22, 2014

Pretty cool movie! Lots of cameos by A-listers too.

May 14, 2013

I liked Ricky Gervais who can make anything funny. His British humour saved this American film.

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Mar 26, 2011

Bob: Hi, I'm Bob I'm the spokesperson for the Coca-Cola company. I'm here today to ask you to continue buying coke. Sure it's a drink you've been drinking for years, and if you still enjoy it, I'd like to remind you to buy it again sometime soon. It's basically just brown sugar water, we haven't changed the ingredients much lately, so there's nothing new I can tell you about that. We changed the can around a little bit though. See, the colors here are different there, and we added a polar bear so the kids like us. Coke is very high in sugar and like any high calorie soda it can lead to obesity in children and adults who don't sustain a very healthy diet. So that's it, it's coke. It's very famous, everyone knows it. I'm Bob, I work for coke, and I'm asking you to not stop buying coke. That's all.It's a bit sweet. Thank you.

Mar 26, 2011

Richard Bellison: [surprised by the homeowner during a burglary] What are you doing here? It's Monday at noon. You're not supposed to be home now!
Man at the Door: If you must know, I'm incredibly stressed at work, I've come home early, I'm having a bit of me-time. More importantly, what are you doing?
Richard Bellison: Well, I was gonna rob your house.
Man at the Door: I don't like that idea. Not a fan of that at all.
Richard Bellison: I'm not gonna do it now, because you're in.
Man at the Door: Do you know what's gonna happen? I'm gonna call the police, you're gonna be arrested.
Richard Bellison: Well, I'm just gonna leave, and you don't know my name.
Man at the Door: What is your name?
Richard Bellison: Richard Bellison.

Mar 26, 2011

Talking Head Woman: Wow, I just took one of the biggest poops of my whole life. What are you ordering?


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Mar 26, 2011

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Mar 26, 2011

A comedy set in a world where no one has ever lied, until a writer seizes the opportunity for personal gain.


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