now, it's hard to rip on the invention of lying and actually all the movies that were made in the same vein. obviously made by talented people who had good intentions but got wrapped around their own intelligence. while the script is funny at certain points and the movie generally is not bad; gervais' premise is a hard one to work with. with enormous amounts of questions possible to ask the plot, it's hard to concentrate on enjoying the actual picture. good but not great.
While the initial concept of a man discovering the positive effects of lying, in a world of stark honesty, can lead to some very funny and heartwarming moments, The Invention of Lying veers off into the cynical territory of social commentary with a very dull subplot involving the main character inventing religion. Add to this a completely forced romance (Gervais and Garner don't have much chemistry) and flat pacing that leaves the film a gimmick concept that couldn't justify its length.
i thought it was dumb that they don't seem to know the difference between telling a lie and saying everything on your mind. But the one scene in the bar when Gervais asks what would you do and Louis/Hoffman agrees on touching boobs was hilarious.
Average. It started very funny with a somewhat fresh, if not very clever, idea but quickly ran out of steam after the first 20 min or so and became derivative and unfunny and very boring. Even though I'm a big Ricky Gervais fan, Not recommended.
Shockingly bad.I'm a huge Gervais fan, but this comedy is lifeless and utterly unfunny. The concept far, far surpasses its execution. Plus, since when does telling the truth mean a compulsion to speak one's mind at every opportunity? And why don't any of the characters get mad as hell at what they're hearing?Are they not human? Finally, this movie has no balls; Gervais only uses his power to do good, and never once takes advantage of it.Lame. I couldn't even sit through the whole damn thing.
Could have been a funny film, but like everything produced in Hollywood with a fun premise, it quickly devolves into an awful love story / base-level morality tale. Its obvious that very little thought was put into the conception of this story.
Ricky Gervais just can't catch a break with American audiences, but that's largely due to the fact that none of his American films have been of quite the same quality as his British television series (The Office, Extras). Invention is a funny film, even hilarious in spots, but despite the numerous cameos, it never rises above the level of "pretty good," and it probably only reaches that if you have an existing affection for Gervais' brand of self-deprecating humor.
The part where he's at the office wryly competing with Rob Lowe and making Jeffrey Tambor uncomfortable is hilarious. The part where he writes commandments on pizza boxes boggles my mind, who thinks that is comedy?
About as contrived as a story can get. The ultra frankness and brutal honesty parts were hilarious at first, but it gets old pretty quick. The take on god as the man-in-the-sky is a very humorous jibe at religion as being a big fat lie. Great stuff. But, overall the story is too pretentious and there were many lost opportunities to do much more with it. Jennifer Garner was entertaining but not stellar. Rob Lowe played the arrogant ass fairly well. And the others were mostly unremarkable.
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