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  • Actors: Ricky Gervais
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Feb. 2010
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002WRH0MA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,483 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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 and advertisers to the man and woman on the street--speaks the truth and nothing but the truth, with no thought of the consequences. 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. The Invention of Lying stars Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Jonah Hill, Louis C.K., Jeffrey Tambor and Fionnula Flanagan, with Rob Lowe and Tina Fey.

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It's official: Ricky Gervais is a genius. He may not have cured cancer or discovered a new branch of mathematics, but having created The Office, Extras, and now The Invention of Lying has secured him a place in the history of comedy. The Invention of Lying imagines a world in which everyone unfailingly tells the truth; they don't even know what fiction is. Every thought, however humiliating or harsh, tumbles out unvarnished. Then one day, a desperate unemployed writer named Mark (Gervais) concocts a lie--and in a world where everyone is unfailingly honest, a lie is believed with total and absolute gullibility. Mark can get anything he wants...but the one thing he truly wants is the love of a girl named Anna (Jennifer Garner, Alias, Juno), and she's the one person he can't bring himself to lie to.

The Invention of Lying balances a brilliant overall idea with inspired comic bits and deft cameo turns by a star-studded cast (among the many famous faces in bit roles are Philip Seymour Hoffman, Edward Norton, Jason Bateman, Christopher Guest, Tina Fey, Jeffrey Tambor, and more). The second half of the movie, which follows Mark's romantic pursuit of Anna, isn't quite as marvelous as the gradual unfolding of the situation and Mark's grappling with his strange new ability, but that doesn't keep the movie from being a unique and dazzling comedy. Simply not to be missed. Also featuring comedian Louis C.K., Rob Lowe, and Jonah Hill. --Bret Fetzer

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Magic Lemur VINE VOICE on 13 Jun. 2011
Format: DVD
In the book The Atheist's Guide to Christmas, David Baddiel does a chapter on how there has never been an Atheist movie. He has a point as it is difficult to plot a fictional film, without some kind of 'epiphany' moment and, as this film demonstrates, good stories require imagination and, ultimately, lying.

This film dispenses with the need for a religious epiphany by making the epiphany instead into the discovery of lying and the ability to flatter others. There is also a sub plot where Gervais introduces the idea of eternal life and 'the man in the sky' to the truth loving people of planet Earth, who believe him because no-one has ever told a lie.

On top of this, this film has that rare quality of being an atheist comedy, being as it makes the idea of atheism being the truth into one of the key aspects of its humour.

Of course, there is much more to the film than just a narrow view-point on the world and it only struck me at the end of the film that it had this subtext.

Still, if you want to see a true world first - a movie (not a documentary) that tactfully deals with all things skeptical - then get DVD as it will also teach you that skeptical good sense will remain rare, despite its profound truth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Oct. 2014
Format: DVD
Imagine a world where the art of lying has yet to be invented, where everyone tells the truth, regardless of how offensive others will find it, that's exactly the concept that makes 'The Invention of Lying' such a fun and different movie.

Ricky Gervais stars as Mark Bellison, an unsuccessful screenwriter who is about to be fired. Not many of his work mates like him, as he soon finds out after his sacking. But the thing that really makes him depressed is the fact he's short, chubby - and has a flat nose. Such genetics means he is unable to win the girl of his dreams, the beautiful Anna, who doesn't want her kids to be "fat" with "snub noses" - ouch!

Whilst it looks like he'll never be with Anna, something quite amazing takes place during a trip to the bank. Acting 'off-the-cuff', Mark blurts out a lie, which is something that has never happened to anyone in his world before. It turns out not to be a one-off either, as he continues to tell a few fibs. When his dying mother in hospital reveals she's afraid of what's around the corner, Mark invents a made up tale about his description of the lovely life she'll have in Heaven. The staff at the hospital overhear this, believe him and spread the word like wildfire. Mark suddenly becomes Mr. popularity, and a hit screenplay makes him rich. He now sets out to win over Anna, but it might not be as easy, especially when she agrees to marry somebody else who won't give her ''fat kids with snub noses''.

'The Invention of Lying' is very creative, and often hilarious. I went to see it several years at the cinema, and enjoyed it again on DVD. Look out for minor names playing bit parts and side characters. I hated 'The Office', but did think that this was a very funny and unique comedy film. It doesn't pull any punches, but it's never mean-spirited.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. H. A. Jones TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Aug. 2013
Format: DVD
This is a witty, well-acted film based around a novel idea. Mark Bellison (Ricky Gervais) lives in a world where the concept of lying is unknown - there isn't even a word to describe it. But Mark is in trouble. His screenplay for a movie about the Black Death is considered too downbeat and he's about to get sacked. He's also behind in his rent so he gets evicted. His date with Anna McDoogles (Jennifer Garner) is less than successful. When he goes to the bank to draw out all his cash and close the account, their computer systems are down, so the teller has to ask Mark for his account balance. Then he has a brilliant idea: instead of giving the teller the correct sum of $300 he tells her the balance is $800 - which of course she believes. His mother is dying in hospital and is frightened so Mark then invents an uplifting image of the afterlife to put her mind at ease. When a nurse overhears this, a whole new religious cult is created. He writes down some principles he thinks would be beneficial to humankind on two sheets of paper, puts them in two empty pizza boxes, and addresses the multitude from his front porch. This is a thoroughly entertaining film, written and directed by Ricky Gervais with Matthew Robinson with humour that is subtle rather than hilariously funny, though I suspect some religious fundamentalists might consider it disrespectful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dan on 19 Feb. 2010
Format: DVD
This is an incredibly soft movie. Gervais just goes on and on about how he is "a little pug nosed fat man" and not lying in the film seems to mean "I am thick and say whatever moronic but unfunny thought comes off the top of my head" and "I believe everything everyone says to me". There is no use of his often displayed sharp edge, timing or observational skill. The film just plods along. He has opportunities to do the wrong thing and doesn't and in the end he gets his (rather dull) girl that never seemed to want him anyway. If the idea was pushed to its limits you could get a clever film. When kept within incredibly safe boundaries it is borderline dull. Watch if you need to pass the time, get offended by any form of stimulation and always like to know whats going on without having to try too hard. No that's a bit mean. That is my disappointment at Gervais showing. It is a pleasant, agreeable, nice movie.
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