Movie Review: "The Invention of Lying"

There are so many wonderful things about this film. It is a laugh out loud comedy with sharp witty humor that at times takes you to the edge. The film is written and directed by the brilliant Ricky Gervais (the original creator of The Office) and co-written by Matthew Robinson.

The movie is about a screenwriting yuppie named Mark (Ricky Gervais) who lives in a world where nobody has ever lied. Everyone in this world is pretty blunt and at times cruel because they have to tell the truth. In this alternate reality, the characters don’t know what truth means because truth and lies don’t exist. Mark meets a young beautiful woman named Anna (Jennifer Garner) during a blind date that is hilariously outlandish. The date falls apart because Anna believes nothing will happen between them because of his fat snub nose and his awful genetic compatibility. Marks luck worsens when he is fired from his job because of his awful scripts about boring 1300s era. His financial problems become capricious. So, Mark embarks on a new way to change his ominous life around. He invents lying. He uses lying as a tool to gain success in fortune, career, and love.

The characters and the world are very well developed. The film will keep you laughing and entertained. The beauty of every character that is incredibly interesting is their naïve perspective on life with lies. The film does a wonderful job on creating a detailed world around accurate honesty.

The theme of the film mostly focuses on religion. The interesting thing about the film is that morals do not exist and it teaches us that lying can be a good thing to a certain extent. It can also hurt us to a certain extent. You can also say the same about truth. So, without religion, we would not have morals or guidelines of what truth means. These are what the characters in the film experienced. The interesting thing about the film is that the characters never used the word truth. So, is the film expressing that religion is not truthful? That religion is just a lie? Well, you’ll have to see the film to decide for yourself. Either way, you will have a good laugh and that’s the truth!

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