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Tell the truth about The Invention of Lying

Ricky Gervais sneaks a philosophical debate on religion into this cute rom-com.


Writer-director-star Ricky Gervais cleverly disguises a philosophical debate on religion by wrapping it in a breezy romcom with amazing star cameos. Mark Bellison (Gervais) is the first person to discover lying in a world where everyone tells the truth. The “little fat man” with the shit-eating grin is still a second-class citizen, competing for the love of confused Anna (Jennifer Garner) with a genetically perfect specimen, Brad (Rob Lowe, reprising his smarmy persona from Wayne’s World). In a Monty Python twist, Bellison becomes a modern-day prophet, giving birth to a religion that he disseminates to the world on pizza-box tablets. But it turns too cute in the final act, as theology gets pushed aside for a happy ending.

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The Invention of Lying

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Director: Ricky Gervais and Matthew Robinson

Writer: Ricky Gervais and Matthew Robinson

Producer: Dan Lin, Lynda Obst, Oly Obst and Ricky Gervais

Cast: Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Jonah Hill, Louis C.K., Jeffrey Tambor, Fionnula Flanagan, Rob Lowe and Tina Fey


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