The Invention of Lying (PG-13) 100 minutes B
Sometimes a lie is the best thing
Starring Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Jonah Hill, Louis C.K., Jeffrey Tambor, Fionnula Flanagan, Rob Lowe, and Tina Fey
The Invention of Lying is a concept comedy that takes place and in a world where lying does not exist, nor does the concept. Every one tells the truth regardless of how harsh and hurtful.
At the beginning of this film it all seemed a little daft, everyone blurting out every thought that came to mind... imagine if we lived in a world where everyone you encounter told you exactly what they thought, including friends and family...
For Mark (Ricky Gervais) this lie-free environment had been doubly cruel- he's slightly overweight, not particularly attractive and terrible at his job... not to mention he's alone, lonely and his mother is gravely ill.
But all that sets the stage for this morality tale of good versus evil if you will, and the power of what's real and what we believe to be real.
By no means is this a masterpiece but it gets better and better as it goes along. By the end Mark had really sunken into my soul and touched my inner snub-nosed loser, so much so that I almost got a little teary eyed.