The Invention of Lying [Blu-ray] (Sous-titres français) [Import]
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Item Type: DVD Movie
Item Rating: PG13
Street Date: 01/19/10
Wide Screen: yes
Director Cut: no
Special Edition: no
Foreign Film: no
Full Frame: no
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Top Customer Reviews
Firstly, there has to be "willing suspension of disbelief." If you can't plant yourself in the universe that Gervais has created, and align it to your own "real" world, you're doomed to not like this movie. Start there and then move on...
Gervais is not telling us religion is a lie. His character created his own lie to comfort his mother in her dying moments. In much the same way that Brian in Monty Pythons Life of Bryan is mistaken as the Messiah, the main protagonist here becomes a victim of his lies, finding he has to spin an ever increasing web to keep people happy and the people are hungry for more. If you notice he becomes very reluctant to say more about "The Man in the Sky" because he doesn't like the way things have panned out from the moment in the hospital.
The moral is lying does not bring him happiness, and telling the truth does - it gets him the woman he loves. I also think in an obscure way, he is making the point that religion, in all its faiths, has become the root of a lot of problems in our society.
This is a lovely fun little film, and deserves an open mind. It appears to me that as soon as anyone introduces religion into something, viewers become remarkably blinkered to what is being told in the story. Get off your soapboxes and take another look.
When her mother calls mid date Anna says she does not find Rich attractive, and she will not be having sex with him, as he is not a genetic match, and she does not want her children having snub noses. We get to know Rich by his reaction. In fact he is the one person in this world who does not have to say everything he thinks.
As events unfold disastrously for Rick, he finds himself in the position where he becomes the first liar. Telling the lie opens up opportunities, and ultimately becomes the path to fame and fortune if not to his hearts desire. It's an exploration of truth and lies, and not a glorification of either one.
Ultimately, he becomes the first person to posit thoughts about the afterlife, which everyone believes without question. However, he recognises that lying to Anna, while it would work will yield only a hollow victory. Is it possible to win Anna from the clutches of the perfect match without lying?
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But wait, we live in a world where lying is impossible. But wait still, Mark has discovered the secret. He tests his ability on a lady in the street; "the world is going to end if we don't have sex right now." Armed with this knowledge will Mark explained to Anna that being rich and successful will change his gene pool capabilities?
The movie goes steaming along until it is bogged down in a pizza box scene. Here Mark experiments with lying to the masses. It is time to press the fast forward button as what could have been interesting turns out to be a Monty Python question-and-answer knockoff. (Of course, if you are a fan of Monty Python you might appreciate this intercourse.)
Will market the girl?
Will the masses get Mark's hide?
Will we get the point?
Do we really care?
I have only seen the Blu-Ray version so I cannot compare to other versions. However, there are some extra goodies including a cave man version of the story.
Overall, it is worth the watch. However, do not plan on anything exceptional.
Most recent customer reviews
I don't know why Ricky tones it down so much for movies - he has such a biting wit in stand up and other places I've seen him, why so tame for the big screen? Read morePublished 3 months ago by FSJ Book Fan
hilarious film about a society where lying doesn't exist. any fan of british humour would certainly enjoy this little movie with lots of laughsPublished 22 months ago by Pierre Aubin
The idea behind this movie is great -- what if you were the only person in the world who could lie and therefore, everyone would think you're telling the truth. Read morePublished on Oct. 26 2013 by jt
The Invention of Lying is a highly creative concept, but unfortunately in order to sell its setting, must successfully illustrate the drabness of life devoid of imagination. Read morePublished on March 8 2010 by Cheryl
I thought this movie had potential to be a great romantic comedy; was I ever wrong! If you are considering buying this movie, don't waste your money or your time. Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2010 by Wyndston