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...
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?
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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,...
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.
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.