Excerpt: I can say with almost absolute certainty that Ricky Gervais is one of the funniest men on the face of the planet. Yes, really. If you missed him in the short-lived UK version of “The Office” then by all means, do yourself a favor and rent it on DVD or better yet buy it and be entertained whenever you like. And for those that don’t know, it is the show that inspired the much more commercial US version of the show by the same name.
Excerpt: The world wouldn’t function without lying. Sure, Invention of Lying shows a modern world much like our own, filled with cars, tall buildings, and people, but it’s hard to imagine most of that stuff existing without lies. How would business deals go through? How can you make a film about anything other than known history? How do you sell products? Better yet, how do you date?
Excerpt: The words "lie," "truth," and "honesty" are never uttered in The Invention of Lying , save for the "L"-word's invocation during co-writer/director/star Ricky Gervais's cheeky, disembodied voiceover introduction. It's a brain-cramping conceit for much of the film, in which self-admitted "loser" Mark (Gervais) upturns society by instinctively formulating the world's first fib. It makes him a few hundred bucks richer and theoretically more powerful than any man on Earth.
Excerpt: The Film The truth hurts. Unfortunately, it's also sort of boring to watch. That is not all that surprising. What is a shocker is that a massive all-star cast doesn't seem to help all that much -- not in the case of The Invention of Lying . Writer/director/star Ricky Gervais has managed to gather a great ensemble here. It's like a Christopher Guest film, complete with Christopher Guest. Unfortunately, it doesn't have that Christopher Guest wit.
Conclusion: Ricky Gervais and Matthew Robinson make their directorial debut with the hilarious 'The Invention of Lying'. The highly imaginative and risky comedy features an incisive and sharp satire beneath its formulaic rom-com veil. The Blu-ray arrives with a good A/V presentation and a decent collection of bonus material. As much as I'd like to recommend this very funny Ricky Gervais comedy, I'm certain it'd be a safer bet to rent it first considering the film's subject matter.
Excerpt: "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 suddenly develops the ability to lie, he finds that dishonesty has its rewards.
Conclusion: Proponents and opponents can debate The Invention of Lying 's controversial message till they're Blu in the face, but they'll be wasting their breath. Whether you place your faith in God or Nothingness, it's incredibly difficult to enjoy Gervais and Robinson's film simply because it's a flawed, hit-or-miss romcom populated by unlikable characters who mill about their some rather aimless existences. The Blu-ray edition isn't much better.
Excerpt: As a movie, The Invention of Lying is a lot like its protagonist. In it, Ricky Gervais plays Mark, a man who’s not much to look at on the outside. He’s repeatedly described by those around him as a pug nosed little fat man and it’s true, he’s not pretty. Neither is Invention of Lying , a somewhat clumsily directed and edited film which doesn’t always fit together as well as it might have and seems to struggle with even the most basic filmmaking concepts like, for...
Summary: This high-concept comedy, about the first person to develop the ability to lie, is wildly uneven but features a few laughs, cameos galore, and an indictment of organized religion that would make Bill Maher proud.
Excerpt: In The Invention Of Lying , Ricky Gervais (creator and star of Extras and the original version of The Office ) lives in a world free of fabrication, fiction, exaggeration, and every other form of untruth. It drowns in beige and gray but comes by its oppressive dullness honestly. Gervais plays a struggling screenwriter at Lecture Films laboring to produce the only kind of movie his world knows: true stories read directly to the camera without ornamentation of any kind.