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At Theaters: 10/2/2009 On Video: 1/19/2010
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 39 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 549911
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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A man starts telling lies in a world where only truth is spoken. He soon realizes that things are getting out of control when everything he says is taken as gospel. Mark still cannot lie his way into the heart of the woman he loves.
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Comedy - This is a dry comedy/fantasy with romantic elements aimed at an adult audience. Fans of stars Ricky Gervais and Jennifer Garner should be pleased; Tina Fey fans should note her screen time is limited. Those sensitive to religious/Christian satire humor may be a little offended.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Ricky Gervais GHOST TOWN, STARDUST, VALIANT
Jennifer Garner GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST, JUNO, THE KINGDOM
Jonah Hill FUNNY PEOPLE, STRANGE WILDERNESS, SUPERBAD
Rob Lowe TV's - THE WEST WING
Dir/Prod/Wri: Ricky Gervais Feature Film Directorial Debut
Wri/Dir: Matthew Robinson Feature Film Directorial Debut
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Production Notes Heading
The Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 1 F-word, 2 S-words, very fewothers.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: None.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Comic banter and lines, sometimes suggestive; physical gags; religious humor.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Above Average It's Ghost Town all over again. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, especially for those who enjoyed Ricky Gervais' previous feature, but The Invention of Lying feels a little too much like a wasted opportunity.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Very Good In its amiable, quiet, PG-13 way, 'The Invention of Lying' is a remarkably radical comedy.

USA Today Full Review
Good By adhering to the romantic-comedy formula, The Invention of Lying stops short of being truly inventive. But enough sequences are fresh and inspired to make this a comedy honestly worth catching.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 98 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
8
Fairly Low
75%
13-19Teens (F)
8
Fairly Low
75%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
5
About 50/50
80%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
9
About 50/50
67%
30+Adults (M)
29
Low
59%
30+Adults (F)
39
Fairly Low
59%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 98 moviegoers:
All the review groups rated it about the same, VERY MIXED! Around 20% loved it and 20% hated it. Another 20% rated it good, but not great, but on the low side another 20% rated it a disappointing, below average. The final 20% rated it average. Looking at the reviewer comments it seems some enjoyed the story and many thought it was boring.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
"The Invention of Lying" takes place in an alternate reality in which lying--even the concept of a lie--does not 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 Bellison (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.
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