The Invention of Lying

The Invention of Lying

Interesting idea but fails to deliver - Lorraine

8 Points

Viewer Rating:Lorraine has rated The Invention of Lying rating: 2 Star

The Invention of Lying is set in a world in which lying has not been invented, where everyone simply blurts out whatever they're thinking, irrespective of how hurtful it may be for other people to hear. Scriptwriter Mark (Ricky Gervais) is subject to more hurtful comments than most, seeing as he's “a bit fat with a funny little snub nose,” as his date Anna (Jennifer Garner) helpfully points out. Facing eviction after being fired from his job, Mark's luck in life changes when he discovers that he has the ability to lie. The film is based on a strange but entertaining idea but once Mark accidentally invents religion (while comforting his dying mother with tales of an afterlife where everyone gets a mansion in the sky) it goes down a slightly preachy path. There are some funny moments and sight gags, particularly early on, and there's a strong supporting cast of comedy stars like Tina Fey, Jonah Hill, Jason Bateman, Christopher Guest and more oddly Philip Seymour Hoffman, Edward Norton and our own Fionnula Flanagan (speaking like Eliza Doolittle pre-transformation). For Extras fans, there are also cameos from Stephen Merchant and Shaun Williamson (“Barry from Eastenders”). Overall, The Invention of Lying is mildly amusing but probably best watched at home on a boring Sunday rather than at the cinema, because Gervais is yet to find the right film formula to suit his slightly skewed vision of the world.

Review published on the 05 October 2009 10:32

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