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The Invention of Lying [Blu-ray] (2009)

Ricky Gervais , Jennifer Garner , Ricky Gervais , Matthew Robinson  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (293 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Jonah Hill, Louis C.K., Rob Lowe
  • Directors: Ricky Gervais, Matthew Robinson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Special Edition, Widescreen, Dubbed, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 19, 2010
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (293 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00275EHC8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,776 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Invention of Lying [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

Prequel: The Dawn of Lying: documenting a monumental occasion in history
A Truly "Honest" Making-of Featurette: cast members share their admiration for a comedic genius
Meet Karl Pilkington: Ricky's best buddy and cohost of The Ricky Gervais Show chronicles his travels to the U.S.
Ricky and Matt's video podcasts: over 10 minutes of insider coverage
Additional scenes
More laughter: Corpsing and outtakes

Editorial Reviews

Blu-Ray pressing. It's no surprise that Ricky Gervais would be able to assemble a cast of funnymen (and funnywomen) for his directorial debut, but The Office star truly impresses with this list: Jennifer Garner, Louis C.K., Tina Fey, Christopher Guest, Jeffrey Tambor, and Jonah Hill. The Invention Of Lying stars Gervais (who co-directed and co-wrote the script with Matthew Robinson) as a man living in a world where no one tells lies. When he discovers that he doesn't have to always tell the truth, things begin to change with inevitably hilarious results.

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61 of 70 people found the following review helpful
Wow. I was totally blown away. The last thing I actually expect Hollywood to do nowadays is make a movie that is thought provoking, tackles some truly profound issues about the human condition, and is funny to boot.

Ricky Gervais has won instant respect for me. I bet a friend before coming to Amazon (I rented the Blu-ray on Netflix) that there would be a bunch of 1 star reviews. And that none of them would actually be about the film per se or its quality but would be religious peoplem who, get offended when someone asks them to think about what they say they believe and why.

Gervais ends up examining 2 aspects of the human condition, lying and religion. What would a world be like where people simply not only did not but could not lie. You get a number of humorous situations from this. It makes you think about the role of 'social lying' in particular. Manners, in a way, for lack of a better word

Now on to religion. I think Gervais hit on 2 issues that are very germaine. One how can an 'all good God' be responsible for the good and the bad. Very hard for anyone to explain although people try with that oldie 'everything happens for a reason'. Also explores an honest reaction to a 'god' well tourting people for eternity.

Of more interest to me though was the potential consequences of becoming focused on an afterlife at the expense of this life. The character played by Jonah Hill represents an all too real condition. People who place less value on their life, this life, because everything will work out in the afterlife or that is the real life. This can create HUGE HARM to individuals, society, and the planet.
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73 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly spectacular--but in an odd sense November 1, 2009
This film plays out like a British reality TV show. It just feels a bit off, but bear with it. That is part of its charm. Around 37 minutes into it (if memory serves), "WHAM!", it follows true reality and goes completely off script. That's all I can tell you. But here's why you really need to see this movie:

It's pure genius. The whole of it has a rather laid back feel, and the pacing is more a nice leisurely stroll through the park on a warm Autumn day than a Jason Bourne movie or the latest Transformers (both of which I enjoyed, but have nothing more to do with this review). This film draws you in slowly. For some of you it may seem a bit dry and boring, even pedantic at first--stay with it! This is the evolution of personal existence. This is real life as it happens. We go through our days performing our daily rituals and fulfilling our self-imposed duties and then we see something shiny and we pick it up, and suddenly the world starts to find color. This shiny new thing could be a relationship, or a new hobby, a passion for something we did not believe we could have before--or in this case--lying.

The point of this film is (naturally) to entertain us, but just underneath is a series of layered messages and thoughts to ponder on our own lives and the society we live in. In much the same way foreign films tend to attract a certain demographic, this film, feeling a lot like a film foreign to Americans (in pace and structure) is meant to attract people who want to THINK while they are being entertained, rather than wait for glimpses of Megan Fox in a wet bikini (and who doesn't want to do that?). This is truly a film worth owning, and it is a film worth watching a few times (spaced apart by a few months).
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53 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful! February 19, 2010
I loved this movie. It's sweet, and funny and really quite brilliant. It is about an imaginary world where no one can lie (and no one has ever been able to lie), and what happens to the very human, but kind-hearted man who first becomes able to. Though his intentions are mostly altruistic (remember, I also said he is very human, so he also does things to benefit himself), he inadvertently causes some big problems in his world. It's all very funny and sweet.

Yes, there are some strong references to the idea that religion is completely made-up, for the purpose of comforting people and calming their fears of death. For someone who can actually *think* about religion, instead of being a knee-jerk reactionary or dogmatic follower, it provides some terrific things to think about.

If your religious faith is so frail that it cannot stand the idea of a fictional story in which someone makes up religion in order to make the world a better place for the people they care about, then I'd have to say that you don't have much in the way of actual faith to begin with.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reconsidering One's Motivations February 19, 2010
A fair number of people have stated that they enjoyed the opening moments of "The Invention of Lying"; then thought it went downhill from there. My feelings are quite the opposite, so I thought I'd weigh in with my opinion.

The first twenty minutes or so with its crude and not terribly funny dialogue made me wince, but being a fan of Ricky Gervais I had the patience to let the story unfold at its own pace. As it did so, I was treated to some of the humor and wit that makes Gervais fun. (I also enjoyed the brief cameo featuring his writing partner, Stephen Merchant.) By the time we arrived at Gervais' character Mark explaining "The Man in the Sky" to a crowd of eagerly inquisitive people (with the help of his pizza box "tablets"), I was hooked. Honestly; how could anyone not see the humor in that scene?

For those who insist that Gervais is pushing an "agenda", I can only respond by asking "When did everyone become so paranoid"? Lighten up please; has the world been listening to too much inflammatory right wingnut radio, or WHAT? It seems extreme to flip out just because someone dares to think (refreshingly and thankfully) outside the any case the story suggests that perhaps people ought to consider being "good for goodness' sake" (sorta like Santa Claus), rather than always seeking a "reward". So what is wrong with that idea?
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4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed seeing so many familiar actors in this movie
I enjoyed seeing so many familiar actors in this movie. Overall it was enjoyable and very watchable. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Diane Culp
3.0 out of 5 stars An OK film with a great cast
The film is a comedy with more smiles than outright laughter. It's got a large cast of very recognizable names, Jennifer Garner, Ricky Gervais, Rob Lowe and many others. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Scott FS
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the movie
Loved the movie. Spoke truth to the fact that people believe as fact whatever makes them feel good about the guy upstairs who will be there for you. And that's OK ........
Published 12 days ago by Abbie
1.0 out of 5 stars What a waste of talent
With all the talent in this movie it should have been much better. It just did not work and that is a shame with that cast.
Published 17 days ago by mopdogs
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love this movie
Published 21 days ago by Christopher Wooden
3.0 out of 5 stars The Invention of Lying, review.
It was ok, but it was disappointing. It was just not as funny as I thought a picture with Ricky Gervais would have been.
Published 21 days ago by Linda M. Hardiing
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great film - love Ricky but Louie CK was awful. Really bad.
Published 26 days ago by Nancyo
1.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs down
Badly written, dumb movie with some talent you wouldn't expect to be in a movie like this. Great concept, badly written.
Published 29 days ago by LALLAW
1.0 out of 5 stars The existance of God is the first lie, according to this horrible...
I didn't want to see a film where the message was "God is a lie". Very offensive to me and I don't think this should be viewed by anybody, unless you are atheist.
Published 1 month ago by J. A. Schow
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
This is the world I wish I could live in. This movie is amazing. Go buy it... wait for it... now!
Published 2 months ago by Shawn Beattie
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