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The Invention of Lying [Blu-ray]

3.7 out of 5 stars 427 customer reviews

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Invention of Lying, The (Blu-ray)

In a world where people speak the truth and have no concept of deception, a young man about to lose everything invents the "lie" and goes on to change not just the nature of movie-making, but creates the basis of religion. After much effort, he also gets the girl he loves.

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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

Product Details

  • 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
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 19, 2010
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (427 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00275EHC8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,968 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Invention of Lying [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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By austin_Larry VINE VOICE on March 30, 2010
Format: Blu-ray
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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Format: DVD
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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If nothing else you will find yourself noticing that The Invention Of Lying is original. And that counts. Especially nowadays. Welcome to a skewed British comedy where the world as it is known is completely void of lying. Everyone tells the bald, bitter truth. There is no fiction. No one even has a concept of the opposite of truth, at all. Enter Mark Bellison (Ricky Gervais), a schlepy, slightly-bloated lecture film screen-writer (who writes for the 1300's which seems to be the most boring period in human history). He goes out on a date one night with beautiful, wealthy Anna McDoogles (Jennifer Garner), where she proceeds to tell him how unattractive she finds him and that they will probably never date again (so painfully terrible it's excruciatingly funny). Depressing. He then goes to his job where everyone, including his demeaning secretary (Tina Fey) and his neurotic boss, is telling him he's about to be fired. Then on to the hospital to visit his mother, whom everyone tells him is on the verge of dying, even though she seems perfectly fine. What a life? When Mark is finally fired he finds himself about to be evicted and has to go to his bank to remove the last of his funds in order to move his belongings from his flat or they will be thrown away. While confronted with homelessness he hurries to the bank where a mindless bank teller is asking how much he had in his account to withdraw because the system is down. He has $300. His rent is $800. Mark has an epiphany. What if he didn't tell the truth? What if? All great movies and novels and so forth start with that great question. What if? He tells the teller he had $800, and since lying doesn't exist, she forks the money over with a smile.Read more ›
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