The Invention of Lying [Blu-ray]

Actors: Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Jonah Hill, Louis C.K., Rob Lowe
Ricky Gervais, Matthew Robinson
Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1)
English, French, Spanish
Aspect Ratio:
Number of discs:
Warner Home Video
DVD Release Date:
January 19, 2010
Run Time:
99 minutes

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 co-host 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



Finally, a Hollywood movie for atheists . . .

The Invention of Lying is set in a world (alternate reality?) in which no-one lies. People are simply incapable of lying and are instead brutally frank. "Your baby is so ugly. It's like a little rat," one woman says. "Yes, that dress makes you look fat," another says. However because humanity is incapable of lying, they are also extremely gullible and thus completely unprepared for the day when someone (played by Rickey Gervais of BBC's The Office) does in fact invent lying.

Gervais' down-trodden, down-sized scriptwriter however does more than invent lying in the process: he also invents religion to console his dying mother that there is more to death than "eternal nothingness." Soon however everybody is buzzing about the "Man in the Sky" and Gervais' character finds that religion hasn't particularly improved people's lives. This however isn't the main focus of Invention of Lying. It is instead more concerned with Gervais' character trying to woo Jennifer Garner's vapid character who is intent on marrying a good-looking sleaze ball (Rob Lowe - who else?).

The Invention of Lying boasts a high concept as they say in Hollywood ? something of the sort that one would expect of a Jim Carrey comedy - but the movie doesn't always live up to its premise. Chuckles are to be had, but the movie is never as laugh-out loud funny as one would have hoped. Also the camerawork and production values looks flat ? like television, and the movie loses steam as the rom com plot kicks in and the social satire gets chucked out the window. The jokes are also only sporadically funny. Still, it's a welcome antidote to most of Hollywood's brainless teenage comedy fare and not entirely a waste of one's time.

THE DISC: Loads of deleted and extra scenes that are worth checking out.

WORTH IT? If you're religious and thin-skinned then you'd probably be offended by The Invention of Lying. If you're irreligious then you'd have a better time at it.

RECOMMENDATION: Worth a rental.



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