The Invention of Lying

The Invention of Lying
The Invention of Lying
  • PG-13
  • 1h 45m
  • 2009
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Ricky Gervais writes, directs and stars in this inspired conceptual comedy set in a world in which lying -- even the concept of a lie --does not even exist. Everyone -- from politicians to car salesmen -- speaks the truth and nothing but, with no thought of the consequences. But when a down-on-his-luck loser named Mark (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.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten56%
Critics Consensus: It doesn't quite follow through on its promise, and relies too heavily on shopworn romantic comedy tropes, but The Invention of Lying is uncommonly sly and funny.
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Film.com
Laremy Legel
Rotten

June 22, 2017
Film.com
Jonathan F. Richards
Rotten

There are cycles of inspiration and rebirth, but the barbed promise of the early going loses its w...

June 22, 2017
At the Movies
A.O. Scott
Rotten

It's bogged down in too many squishy romantic-comedy pieties.

December 14, 2018
Chicago Tribune
Michael Phillips
Fresh

I think the first half hour would be almost impossible to sustain because it is so inspired.

December 14, 2018
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Gervais' irreverent fable isn't meant for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Invention of Lying is, like most of star Ricky Gervais' humor, irreverent and edgy (though also thought provoking). Nothing is sacred -- including religion (in the movie, the concept of God, aka "The Man in the Sky," is one of the lies that the main character invents). There's no sex on screen, but there's lots of talk about it -- including masturbation references, propositions, use of words like "boobies," etc. Expect a fair bit of salty language, from name-calling ("prick," "bastard," "faggot," "manbitch") to infrequent use of "f--k" and "s--t." Characters drink beer, wine, champagne, and whiskey; there's some drunkenness, and a man is shown driving while intoxicated. Lots of commercial products are shown on screen, with some showing up in scene after scene.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:October 2, 2009
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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