INVENTION OF LYING
The Invention of Lying [Blu-ray]
Actors: Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Jonah Hill, Louis C.K., Rob
Directors: Ricky Gervais, Matthew Robinson
Format: Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
Language: French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1),
English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1)
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Warner Home Video
DVD Release Date: January 19, 2010
Run Time: 99 minutes
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
More laughter: Corpsing and outtakes
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
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.