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The Invention of Lying
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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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The Invention Of Lying is not hysterical by any means, it's actually rather heart-warming in places, but you will laugh and you will feel moved by it's thought-provoking tendencies. And its originality. Definitely worth the watch. Fresh. Charming. Smart. British. All that you could hope for, right? Ricky Gervais has done it again.
But then.... after losing everything (job, apartment, hope) something shifts in his brain and he discovers he can.... lie. Putting this super-power to use, he withdraws money from his bank and pays his rent. He sets out to see what other benefits he can derive, and tells an attractive woman he sees in the street that unless they go to a motel and have sex immediately the world will come to an end. Naturally she goes with him.
And it's here that Gervais plays his winning card: overcome by the unethical nature of what he was about to do, he tells the woman that the world isn't going to end after all so she doesn't have to have sex with him. The everyman-loser as nice guy then proceeds to get his job back by writing scripts that captivate all who hear them. For, in a world in which everything must be true, TV and movies are all essentially recitations of historical events. Some events are interesting enough but... what do you do with a century notable mainly for the Black Death? Turns out, once you've invented lying, the answer is "a surprising amount." Aliens and dinosaurs and all manner of other wonderful contributors turn the century into something everyone wants to hear more about.
And so everything is going well until... Gervais' mother is dying in a hospital bed. She's afraid. She knows that when she dies she will cease to exist and the realization terrifies her. In what is Gervais' most accomplished piece of acting in his entire career, he can't let his mother die in fear. So he begins to tell her a story about life-after-death. Which would be all right if his mother had taken the story with her to her grave but several of the hospital staff overhear, and...
Ultimately everyone in the world wants to know about this life-after-death where everyone has a mansion and is surrounded by family and friends. So the Gervais character holes up and ends up writing down Ten Rules on a couple of pizza boxes. But even these rules aren't as simple in practice as they seem in theory and there are some amusing moments when people realize that the Man In The Sky is responsible not only for the mansions after death but also for everything that happens: disasters, cancer, injuries. Soon the mob wants to find the MITS and kill him.
The movie could have branched off in any number of directions at this point but instead it resolves into a more-or-less standard RomCom in which, in the end, the hero gets the girl. It's pleasant enough and doubtless gained a much larger audience than it would have if it had continued to explore philosophical ideas, but some viewers will be left wondering how much more interesting it would have been if Gervais had given himself just a little more room on the ideas side.
Really interesting premise, could've been a great movie.I am a big fan of Ricky so I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The hospital dying scene was amazing and it could've taken off really well after that, something about the whole movie though just didn't make it into a great film.
As an atheist i thought the jokes were funny and the satire was good, however If I wanted to show this to other people like my family or something a couple of things that were obviously off putting was the scene where Ricky uses the pizza boxes, this is similar to the stone plates Moses used, also Ricky letting his hair grow and resembling Jesus- --some jokes were to Obvious.
some religious people are not very open minded and as soon as they realize that this movie is basically mocking Christianity they will no longer want to watch it.
if those jokes were a bit more hidden a bit more satirical, a bit more metaphorical then it may have done better at the box office.
I have seen this movie about 3 times and have made my friends and family watch it as well.