The Invention of Lying

Genre:  Comedy
Running Time:  99 min.
Release Date: October 2, 2009
DVD: January 19, 2010

Current rating: Rating: 3.48
based on 183 votes and 38 reviews
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Cast: Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Rob Lowe, Jonah Hill, Louis C.K., Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Jeffrey Tambor


The Invention of Lying takes place in an alternate reality in which lying—even the concept of a lie—does not even exist. Everyone—from politicians to advertisers to the man and woman on the street—speaks the truth and nothing but the truth with no thought of the consequences.

But when a down-on-his-luck loser named Mark (Ricky Gervais) suddenly develops the ability to lie, he finds that dishonesty has its rewards. In a world where every word is assumed to be the absolute truth, Mark easily lies his way to fame and fortune.

But lies have a way of spreading, and Mark begins to realize that things are getting a little out of control when some of his tallest tales are being taken as, well, gospel. With the entire world now hanging on his every word, there is only one thing Mark has not been able to lie his way into: the heart of the woman he loves.

Director: Ricky Gervais, Matt Robinson
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Producer(s): Lynda Obst, Dan Lin, Oly Obst
Screenplay: Ricky Gervais, Matthew Robinson
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  • 3 stars "meh not very funny ok"
  • 5 stars "loved it great flick"
  • 5 stars "Fantastic film. I'd like to assume that the negative reviews are people who had unbiased dislike of the movie, but I have a feeling a lot of them are people who were offended by the unapologetic Atheist nature of the story. Religious people are funny that way. Not as funny as this movie though. Two thumbs up!"