The Invention of Lying (2009)


“Just because he’s talking to the man in the sky doesn’t mean he’s good enough to be your friend.” – Anna’s Mother

Number of Times Seen – 2 (26 Dec 2009 and 12 May 2018)

Brief Synopsis – In a world where no one is able to lie, a man someone finds the ability to do so and decides to use this fact to his advantage.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recalled enjoying a lot when I first saw it but didn’t remember much about the movie itself.

I actually enjoyed it even more this time especially sue to the fact that the premise that it gives us is so ingenious and hilarious the whole time.

This film is able to take a simple idea and nurture it to a point where it works on so many levels while always keeping things interesting and funny the whole way through.

Ricky Gervais is not the usual leading man type character yet he excels in this role and makes it all feel so believable.

This film also has quite an impressive supporting cast while also help keep things working really well the whole way through.

The added bonus of so many great cameos popping up throughout works so well.

This film has a great message about life and the world we live in and it doesn’t get too preachy.

When it comes to religious beliefs, it doesn’t matter what people believe in, because it tries to keep things as neutral as possible.

Bottom Line – Hilarious premise that works so well. This film takes a simple idea and is able to expound on it so well that it is satisfying on numerous levels. Gervais is superb in the title role and it fits him perfectly. The supporting cast is just as impressive and I loved the fact that this film has so many famous cameos that keep popping up along the way.  The film doesn’t get preachy at all yet it manages to have a moral that works no matter what one belies. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When trying to secure Philip Seymour Hoffman for his cameo his agent claimed he was too busy so Ricky Gervais requested his email address and sent him the following: “Dear Philip, will you please appear in my new film? There is very little money involved as I spent the budget on testicular implants, but don’t look upon them as my testicles, look at them as our testicles.” Phillip Seymour Hoffman couldn’t refuse after that. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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