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The Invention of Lying
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Invention of Lying, The (DVD)
Ricky Gervais writes, directs and stars in this inspired conceptualcomedy set in a world in which lying -- even the concept of a lie --does not even exist.Everyone -- from politicians to car salesmen -- speaks the truth andnothing but, with no thought of the consequences. But when adown-on-his-luck loser named Mark (Gervais) suddenly develops theability to lie, he finds that dishonesty has its rewards. In a worldwhere every word is assumed to be the absolute truth, Mark easily lieshis way to fame and fortune. But lies have a way of spreading, and Markbegins to realize that things are getting a little out of control whensome of his tallest tales are being taken as, well, gospel. With theentire world now hanging on his every word, there is only one thing Markhas not been able to lie his way into: the heart of the woman he loves.]]>
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
More laughter: Corpsing and outtakes
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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.
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.
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. If people don't treasure every day as it should be, if they don't treasure the earth as their home, if they don't treasure each and every species as their brothers and sisters, they risk missing out on exisistence, they miss out on the universe, they miss out on Life. And they do not, perhaps, treat the Earth, themselves, and each other with the depth and meaning they should. If the Earth to them is a shadow, how can it mean what it should?
This is of course IMO. I am sure many people will disagree. But kudos, HUGE kudos, to Ricky for getting this on film. One of the most meaningful and thought provoking, yet also comedic, films Hollywood has done in years.
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