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Plot: It's a world where everyone tells the truth - and just about anything they're thinking. Mark Bellison is a screenwriter, about to be fired. He's short and chunky with a flat nose - a genetic setup that means he won't get to first base with Anna, the woman he loves. At a bank, on the spur of the… Runtime: 100 min Release Date: 02 Oct 2009
I thought this movie was fantastic, The truth is that people at their core are to that extent superficial and "rude" to put it lightly. This movie revolves around how the world would word if absolutely everything you thought to say but suppressed out of courtesy instead came flying off your tongue without a thought. To put it bluntly I think this movie was being far too kind compared to what would really happen if a world like this actually existed, but on top of that the actors in it played perfectly. It had just the right mix of comedy and drama to make it a success.Ten out of <more>
don't watch if you are afraid of the truth (by jlupo607)
The beginning seems to equate honesty with brutal honesty. To not lie should not mean to offer your unsolicited opinions no matter how cruel. So, it was a little hard to warm up to. I can only laugh at insults for a little while. Thankfully, Gervais' character decided to say something that wasn't and the fun and thinking begins.All his lying, at first, is solely for his own profit, and that wouldn't have gotten very far in my book. Then, when his mother is dying and fearing an eternity of nothingness, he invents the afterlife just for her. The whole religion, theism, atheism <more>
thing comes to the fore, and it's time to start questioning your own thoughts about belief and the proper place for religion, if any. My wife, who had been roaring with laughter up to this point, was suddenly bawling like a baby her mother passed last year . She never laughed again during the film. I wasn't sure how to take that, but when it was over she said it was now one of her favorite movies; mine too.The concept of a creator came about when the average person and even the learned among them had very little knowledge about ANYTHING. In the movie this concept comes at a time of technological advancement, so, how does everyone buy the "fact" of a Man in the sky, watching us and doing things for us and to us? Maybe we, as humans, had, and have a "need" for something to be out there, real or made up.I don't think the movie is trying to tell what is or isn't "up in the sky". I think it's telling us about the importance of truth. That it is not very. Important that is.
I have given this a ten/ten - not because it is the best movie ever made - but because it is DIFFERENT. ORIGINAL. Two words that rarely grace write-ups of today's movies.The premise is absurd if it's an alternate world, how come Napoleon still invaded Russia in 1812? so you will need to suspend disbelief.As the late, great Don LaFontaine would have said, "in a world where..." - in this case, the filters between people's brains and their mouths are MISSING, so people constantly blurt out the first thing that comes into their heads, without any consideration for their <more>
fellow-humans' feelings.It is thus a BLEAK world which is cleverly in direct contrast to the beautiful locations the movie was filmed in .However, along comes Ricky - who discovers fame and fortune when he begins to buck this trend. But it cannot win him what he ultimately wants - a pretty but self-obsessed American woman.Oh, he could win her by lying - but he has too much integrity for that.And although this writer has ticked the "spoiler" box - he is saying no more. You'll have to SEE the movie.It is peppered with cameos and small roles being played by famous actors. They obviously wanted to come along on THIS ride - because they wanted to take part in something that was DIFFERENT. ORIGINAL.Which is where this writer came in...
Brilliant concept and terrific execution. Wonderful casting.Ricky Gervais and Jennifer Garner are absolutely believable throughout their respective characters' evolution, and they play off each other very well. In fact, everyone's performance is spot on. And the cinematography beautifully plays up or down, rather the fictional world which is the story's setting.If you're hoping for non-stop one-liners and ridiculousness throughout, this is not your film. While this film's cheeky, pointed story is loaded with wit - including some side-splitting scenes I cried with <more>
laughter watching Ricky Gervais' character face questions from a credulous crowd - it has a real and rather serious plot. There is a point to this fiction, indeed.
When I first heard about this movie, I thought "Hey, it's Ricky Gervais from the office! This might be good." I was wrong. It was tremendous. This was one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. It was extremely clever and just amazingly silly. The trailer does not show the best or funniest parts like some people say. And although there are some slow parts, That's why its a 9 it makes up for it in clever humor. To fully enjoy this flick, make sure you walk into the theater with a smile and a attitude that says "I'm going to lol at this movie". If you walk in <more>
there and say "This better be good" and be skeptical about everything. then don't see it. But if you like Ricky, and have a great sense of humor, I'm sure you will enjoy this.
Light Philosophy Delightfully Deceives as Romantic Comedy (by briankentjones)
If one were to score this movie on a category-by-category basis, some of the categories might be laughability, cinematography, acting performance, direction, originality, script writing and social impact.Weighting each equally would lead me to give a much lower rating for "The Invention of Lying." 7 for laughability, 4 for cinematography, 5 for acting, mostly for the performances by Gervais and Fey. Some of the other performances including Garner's seemed lacking, but I'm not sure if this was the fault of the actors, the director, the script or all three. Some of the problem <more>
with the acting performances might have been an attempt to make the characters purposefully boring and one-dimensional as a result of the environment in which they live.There were some good laughs, but not nearly the funniest movie I've seen. Although the cinematography was about a 5, it isn't the type of movie that demands extraordinary feats in this department.9 for originality. Most movies that deal with lying take the opposite approach as in "Liar, Liar." It was the originality of the concept that made me go see the movie. Certainly, the plot of the movie took an approach that caught a lot of the reviewers off guard.But to me, the parts of the script that dealt with the philosophical ramifications of lying made up for all the weaker aspects of this film. It seemed clear to me that this was the focal point of the movie. Ironically, the trailers don't even hint at this, thus deceiving us into watching a philosophical movie in romantic comedy dressing.As an atheist, I often am confronted with the argument that even if religion is a lie, the benefits it provides outweigh the negative consequences. I disagree, but understand there is an element of truth to this argument. Gervais explores this aspect more directly than any mainstream treatment I've seen if not in great depth.To me, the strength of the philosophical treatment is the questions it poses, not the answers it provides. The movie doesn't really provide a lot of answers. When Bellison Gervais lies to his mother to give her comfort when she is dying, he has the best of intentions and ends up having to tell huge lies to cover his initial small lie. He attempts to use the utmost care in telling these new lies -- spending so much time concentrating on the exact wording that he grows a beard while doing so. Even so, when he reveals the ten revelations he receives from the "invisible man in the sky," the masses immediately start scrutinizing the rules and reveal weaknesses in them.Having thought about these issues quite a bit, there was nothing groundbreaking here for me, but it tickles me pink to think this movie might be watched by those who have yet to journey down that path. This alone accounts for 2-3 of my 9 stars.
constantly funny it may not be, but clever it is (by marc_dambrosio)
There is a certain re-training of the mind that a film expects of us in order to fully enjoy the place it seeks to take us. This film, in the first act we are taught, in a rather funny way that the world of this film is to say the least - honest. Everyone coldly delivers, whether asked or not - exactly what is on their mind. It takes a good 1/4 of the film to fully understand exactly the world where there is no opposite to truth. And those moments are worth the price of admission alone.As a viewer I enjoyed the random interactions that a world where truth is embedded in the framework of all <more>
social interaction. With no deviation.By the time Gervais comes across the knowledge that an alternate way of communication exists in "saying what wasn't" we embark on a tale of a man who essentially won the "lying Lottery".The humour is subtle, the contrast of religious themes are not so, and that may have been the weakest of elements in the film. Sadly those who think there is a single element of disrespect towards religion from within the world of the film are I believe incorrect. While religious digs may have been the impetus for the films creation, from within the film, Mark's character seems to make a clear delineation between an evil lie and a white lie. And his character never seems comfortable for too long with a lie that affects the lives of many.The film does have a one of the more sweet and quietly powerful scenes where Mark creates an alternate afterlife for his mother. Because I don't view this film through a filter of religious expectation I found this scene to be simply powerful and poignant.I enjoyed it, as did my partner. We talked the whole way home, and recreated some of the laughs on the way to the car. That is not a lie.
Written by, directed by, and starring British comedian Ricky Gervais, this film has a simple premise, as detailed in the previews: No one in the world has ever lied, until now.Gervais' character, Mark Bellison, apparently has a misfiring synapse when he lies for the first time, and it surprises him as much as it would anybody. But once he realizes the import of what he's done, he keeps doing it, trying to use his powers for good, with some hilarious and some disastrous results.I wondered about the premise before seeing the movie. What would the "ban" on lying include? As <more>
it turns out, the authors went whole hog. When they say no one's ever lied in this world, they mean *in any way*. No fictional stories, no lies by omission, no intentional deceit, and no religion. Basically the rule on this imaginary world has always been: you can't say anything that *isn't*. No one's ever thought of doing such a thing. So, if two people tell you two different things, then one of them is mistaken.The story starts of hilariously, with Gervais' and Jennifer Garner's characters meeting for a date. She's hot, and he's dumpy. They waste no time telling each other this, in all honesty, including their doubts and worries about the date. Flattery doesn't exist, because it's a form of lying. Keeping silent to spare someone's feelings is also lying, and so has never been done.Think of all the things that wouldn't exist if no one had ever said anything that wasn't true... For instance, words like true, untrue, belief, unbelievable, fiction, lying, etc. -- none of those words can exist. There are no churches, no novels. All movies are historical or documentary. All news shows only tell the truth.When Bellison suddenly realizes he can say things that don't agree with reality, he quickly learns what power that holds, both for good and evil. He can walk into a bank and tell them he has quite a bit of money in his bank account -- they'll assume their computers have made a mistake.In the course of the story, Bellison learns how to make people feel better about themselves by telling little white lies. He invents fictional movies, and later religion. Religion came naturally, because everyone was scared of the nothingness that comes after death. He assured them that good things would follow death, at least for good people.Religious people are unlikely to enjoy the movie, since it gets to the heart of why most early religions were started -- to cure that fear of life and fear of the unknown after death besides the ability to control large groups of people .But it's well-thought out and well-executed in this movie. The funny parts are really funny, and the sad parts are really sad. There's really no great cinematography though, no reason to see it on the big screen. Wait for it on DVD.
I found the movie to be mind stretching. Gee, the movie may exaggerate human suggestibility, but we are quite susceptible to what others tell us--especially if we want to believe what they say. Our susceptibility also results from our prior cultural experiences. Some cultures are very authoritarian. Thus, people from those backgrounds are more susceptible than those people from cultures that encourage questioning. Another aspect I enjoyed was the recognition of the character that his power to influence others could be used selfishly or to help others. A related aspect of the influencing is <more>
the unpredictability of the effects that the influence will have on others--one might call these effects "collateral damage, complications, and benefits". I relate these interventions to all human interactions--including interventions into the affairs of other countries.