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What were they thinking?,
This review is from: The Invention of Lying [DVD] (DVD)
Unless Ricky Gervais wants to wave his career goodbye, he might want to consider not wasting his time with mainstream, hit-and-miss American comedy films, and put his talent to better use by creating another TV series to rival the classics which are The Office and Extras.
The logic behind this film is flawed from practically the first words uttered. Just because an alternate reality has people unable to lie, doesn't mean everyone should be unable to keep their thoughts to themselves. Here we do. Hence, conversations as stilted and as ridiculous as the following (and I paraphrase):
"Hi. You're very good looking and I'm way out of my league."
"Yes, you are fat, unattractive and I know I am way out of your league."
"Hello, Mark. I'm glad you have been sacked because I always hated you."
"Oh, I didn't know that."
"Well, everyone here knows it but you, then."
"I'm threatened by you."
Good, grief. And so it goes on. How would a society like that function, exactly? There has to be an audience connection through a kernel of truth to a story for its main conceit to work, or the charade crumbles. The idea isn't a bad one, but the execution is a bit lazy.
Still, it does get better about halfway through, and nothing with Gervais in is terrible. Also, Gervais and his love interest Jennifer Garner are very likeable. The twist is clever, and then there is Ricky's warmth, which is one of his most underrated strengths. Great cameos from Stephen and Shaun, too.
Three out of five for the best bits, then.