Summary: I was pleasantly surprised by this film. From a simple premise as "lying doesn't exist" it develops into a thoughtful tale with a touch of satire. On the one hand it exposes early on the basic first impressions we all have of each other and of situations we find ourselves in. On the other, it touches on the importance of being honest about what we know and especially honest about what we don't know. I could examine all the inconsistencies inherent to a concept like this.
Excerpt: I was really looking forward to this but it just wasn't that good. The first half was pretty funny but then it turned into the usually fluff-piece kind of Hollywood crap. Worth a rent though especially for Gervais fans. I thought the video was average for a new release and the aq was fine for what it was..except I found that my volume had to be turned up a lot higher than usual.
A Refreshingly Original Romantic Comedy. Gervais is Terrific!
21 January 2010
Excerpt: With respect I think the site reviewer has this one pegged all wrong. While "The Invention of Lying" inevitably contains elements that resemble a burlesque skit on SNL that pokes fun at human nature, the film should not be confused with a dissent into the mean-spirited hooey that plagues so many cynical comedies of the 21st century. It is directed by an assured hand by comic genius Ricky Gervais. And make no mistake, the man is something of a genius.
Summary: This movie had a hard life. A lot of people walked out of theaters trash talking it. I honestly think the only reason this movie is being criticized so harshly is because it pokes at religion. It was the best allegory on religion since Cat's Craddle. This movie was interesting, and it really makes the viewer think about human values. Just because a movie mimics reality so honestly it seems absurd is not a reason to dislike something. How do you dislike the truth.
Light Philosophy Delightfully Deceives as Romantic Comedy
Brian Jones, IMDb
23 October 2009
Summary: 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.
Summary: 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.
Summary: In a world where everyone must tell the truth, one man after being fired and almost evicted is pushed to the limits. His brain does something abnormal, he tells a lie. Not just any lie, the world's first lie. Since no one in this universe has ever heard a lie before, they take it as fact. Now this man has the world at his feet. It is a clever concept, a clever and more massive spin on Liar Liar, yet that might not be such a good thing.
Summary: The two parts of the movie are quite different and in some cases both parts may not appeal to everyone. The first part, which is just long enough for my taste had everyone telling the truth at all times about everything, with one notable exception. They equated the 1300s with the 13th century, which is of course not correct. But this likely won't bother many people. Seeing a world with nothing but the truth means no fiction and no "little white lies".
Summary: 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.
Summary: I'm not sure whats up with people's comments on this movie. I honestly enjoyed myself. This is a very British style humor, wonderfully executed by Gervais. The concept had a different potential then people are expecting. This is not Carry/Liar, Liar humor. You have to be a bit more witty and insightful then that to enjoy this movie. The casting was great on this film. I'm glad Hill took on a serious role and did it well. I really liked Garner in this film.