The Invention of Lying

Published April 26, 2010

The Invention of Lying

Film info

  • Title The Invention of Lying
  • Directors Ricky Gervais, Matthew Robinson
  • Year 2009
  • Run time 1hr 40m
  • Genres Comedy, Romance, Fantasy
  • Tagline In a world where everyone can only tell the truth... this guy can lie

Comedy directed by, co-written by and starring Ricky Gervais as Mark, a performer who tells the first lie in a world where people only tell the truth and lying has never before existed. Once he realises what he can achieve by lying, there is no stopping him. He uses his new found ability to advance his career and charm the girl of his dreams, Jennifer (Jennifer Garner) - who is completely out of his league - to much comic effect.

Live Blog

Time Comment
1:05 I like that as a start. He knows we don’t read the credits.
2:04 He might have just given away a plot spoiler there!
4:29 Why would you bother going on a date with someone if you were going into it with that attitude?
6:31 It feels like she’s not just telling the truth but is also saying everything that pops into her head. Completely crazy.
6:59 Fish tacos always sound so gross.
7:40 I bet this was quite embarrassing to film. To talk about him like that.
8:59 Best coke ad ever!
9:30 Did they have to ask Coke to do that?
11:06 Best Pepsi ad ever!
15:00 In a world where acting was just reading out loud, I would do pretty well!
21:16 Ugh, I don’t like the trip through his brain.
22:59 He invented lying… and the overdraft.
23:29 How do you explain lying?
26:22 Weirdest use of “think of the children” ever.
30:47 Surely fixing a game involves an element of lying?
43:38 It’s Steven!
46:32 One place you don’t want hideous honesty is in the hospital.
50:42 She’d better not have her shoes on the sofa. That’s not allowed.
59:01 Tough crowd!
1:03:39 I can see NASA spending millions on that.
1:28:05 I’m a PC!
1:29:19 I like that the mural has the pizza boxes in it.
1:33:33 Does she suddenly just understand lying? Or is she just happy to accept it?


I’d seen the trailer for this film about ten times, so I figured I would just have to knuckle down and watch it. Mr C and I were having a film evening and a bit of comedy seemed like the right thing to do.

It’s fair to say that Ricky Gervais basically plays one character - someone who is pretty smart and generally quite bemused by everyone around him. When he’s doing that, he does it well. The premise of the film is good, the religious part of it was a bit much for me, but it was pretty amusing.

Rating: 4 / 5

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