The Invention of Lying (2009) - Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

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A comedy set in a world where no one has ever lied, until a writer seizes the opportunity for personal gain.

IMDB: 6.4
Director: Ricky Gervais
Stars: Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner
Length: 100 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 91 out of 315 found boring (28.88%)

One-line Reviews (197)

Still, very much worth watching and I hope his next film will be a little braver as his popularity in the States grows.

But Mark's respect just fades and he becomes miserable again, and it's funny than in a scene we see him in that cliché look of prophets, with long hair, long beard, and a rope just sleeping and drinking in his big expensive house out of depression that he can't change his genes even if he is rich and successful and is the only one in the whole world who can talk with the guy in the sky.

In combination with lacklustre screenplay, I was left unimpressed with the utilisation of a potentially hilarious and fascinating concept.

So, it's not perfect, but well worth watching - I don't buy the products that were being pushed anyway.

There's also a lot of pointless celebrity cameos.

might be the worst movie I've ever seen .

I felt the movie was a waste of my time, largely due to the main premise which I found silly from the beginning and my conviction only grew with each minute of this boring movie.

Brilliant comedy eventually crashing into a cliché heap .

The very boring and predictable love story is a yawn-fest and dull.

I get the slight against religion, and I'm okay with that (making a valid point about our society in general), but after the first few minutes it's pretty predictable and it was just generally flavorless.

Things become gradually more exciting, when Mark stumbles upon the ability to talk about things that aren't true.

;-) Just didn't make sense to me, everything was soooo predictable and just not funny!

So over all quite an entertaining film with some nice moments.

Personally, I laughed once, and that was during a cameo from Steven Merchant and Barry from Eastenders that is so daft and incongruous that it just lightened the whole mood by stepping out of the plodding, self-important movie that had clumsily tried to incorporate it.

There is really no plot to the film, merely a plethora of un-amusing set ups that play out like a bad episode of Saturday Night Live.

Notable for the lack of response from the audience, it was a waste of time watching it.

In the end it tends to be a little bit boring because of the turn that the movie takes.

Although this had it's funny moments sometimes and started out well, as soon as it delve into religion, mainly Christianity it got tedious since it took up much of the running time and felt most of the humor was leaning more towards atheist cause the movie basically mocks Christianity.

Not because of the subject matter, but rather because the movie becomes mundane and loses all of its energy and laughs.

To me his characters are always depressing, two-dimensional, predictable and shallow.

I quite enjoyed it: Recommended.

Jennifer Garner's performance is limited by the script to robotic and repetitive as her character pursues the right genetic match for the production of her unborn children.

It was slow, repetitious, droll, not funny and so incredibly predictable.

Different but Enjoyable .

Meanwhile Jeffrey Tambor is wasted in a ho-hum role as Bellison's boss and leading lady Jennifer Garner fails to make her character Anna even remotely enjoyable to watch.

Did the Invention of Lying also invent boredom and stupidity.

Some of the problem with the acting performances might have been an attempt to make the characters purposefully boring and one-dimensional as a result of the environment in which they live.

(I'm in no way religious either, you can take the p*ss out of the church all you like, this was just dull.

Bottom line: If you really dig the offerings of the New Atheists and want to laugh at the expense of the opposition then by all means buckle in for a laugh fest before this manifesto, otherwise, go find a film that genuinely wants to be entertaining...

I'm atheistic, so I was not offended by the big man in the sky plot line, nor the pathetic church joke, nor Gervais turning into a Jesus look-alike, but it was all a big bore.

Intriguing Premise – Shame about the Movie .

Visually, I found the film to be rather drab and dreary.

Pretty entertaining, good premise.

However, midway through the movie, the novelty starts to wear off and the plot becomes quite predictable.

Entertaining but slow.. .

This is simply a terrible movie, boring and hardly ever funny.

This leads to an unexpected legion of followers who wants to know more about this hereafter they never heard about or even considered it before.

It was an interesting premise, and pretty entertaining.

Because of all those things the second half of the movie is so predictable and you feel like there's so many topics left out of it (i.

Here may be found the dull, heavily treaded territory of Adam Sandlerville (bar his brilliance in Punch Drunk Love).

That sickly contrived montage?

For the love all things entertaining, skip this.

Gervais has the good sense to surround himself with a great cast, and some unexpected cameos-a very funny one involving a police officer....

Cute but pointless comedy set in a world where people don't lie, about a writer who learns how to lie and uses it for his personal gain.

Unfortunately, like many movies with promising premises, it becomes a simple by the numbers bore-fest.

Its an often funny tale that plays with the notion of how bland the world would be if we didn't lie (even a little bit).

Tina Fey brought nothing to her single scene role, for which she is given one of the top billing spots, and like several other cameos by big name actors, they really only end up as pointless distractions.

Not funny, very predictable ending, and this movie was the very first movie I have ever felt like my money was fraudulently taken from me.

It is very dry, sarcastic, and sometimes flat out rude.

Gervais is a very engaging comedic actor and has been for some time.

Ricky, of course, is wonderfully engaging as a reluctant messiah impostor.

then suddenly, out of nowhere, one guy can lie and then it descends into a religious bashing bore fest.

It was put on as a comedy and turned into propaganda.

I would say entertaining and occasionally funny satire of humanity, that hits some painful spots and makes you think about world we live in.

Original and entertaining .

Waste of money in my opinion.

Save your money .

Although a fan of The Office, Gervais's Stand-Up etc this has to be the worst movie I've seen this year.

He can mold the world to be whatever he wants, but he ultimately ends up looking and acting bored throughout the whole movie.

So we have endless scenes in which characters randomly announce their current state of sexual arousal or their intense hatred for each other.

It is generally a waste of time.

I just did not find Gervais engaging enough to carry such a thin, trite script.

The movie collapses in a welter of schmaltz and cliché, becomes unfunny and boring.

The best worst movie I have seen.

t make for a funny or frankly engaging movie comedy and the back half drags to a stock happy ending.

It was a bit funny the first few scenes but then its just boring.

Gervais showed a little bit of dramatic range, and the film overall gives one hope that he will settle down into an original and entertaining film-maker.

We liked the somewhat unpredictable twists, and could feel sympathy for the main character which was played with charm and emotion.

Jennifer Garner is enjoyable to look at, but that is really the only positive that can be said about this waste of time.

If someone tells you that you are short and boring, you just accept it with no animosity.

Far more entertaining than non-stop punchlines and slapstick, the mirth flows naturally from the script's concept and plot.

I don't know if this movie was supposed to be funny, or interesting, or clever, but I was bored within the first few minutes of watching it.

The movie is a complete waste of money, unless you are a cynic and believe the message given.

It simply cannot stand on it's concept for too long, because it becomes a bit dull.

At this point in the film everyone I saw this at the theater with walked out.

It was too plain, and boring.

That said, i think it was worth watching, and an interesting idea.

What could have been hilarious was at times, depressing, flat, dull and utterly predictable.

Eventually it ends with an entirely predictable outcome.

Jennifer Garner's character, even in a world where insults are accepted, is horribly unlikable character and an uninteresting love interest.

That plus the funny chain of events guarantees an entertaining ride from start to finish.

From there on in he uses this to his advantage, spinning a crazy story to get his job back at the screen writing office (where he writes scripts on history that are read boringly by a person sitting in a chair facing the audience), to get another date with Garner's character, and even help out a few folks.

However due to the final parts of the film being repetitive and more predictable then Gordon Ramsey swearing in a restaurant the originality that brought the laughs earlier in the film dry up and the whole film remains undeveloped and empty.

Basic premise: Story of a man, this scapegoat-type character with nothing to lose, who interacts with a hundred boring, one-dimensional characters who act and sound the same which is...

There are some laugh out loud moments, especially the first half hour or so, but then it turns into a drama that gets, i am very sorry to say, pathetic and pretentious.

I enjoyed Ricky Gervais in "Ghost Town" so I had more hope for this film which became a waste of my time.

All in all, a waste of time and money.

Well, he's a self absorbed, tedious, deceptive, scheming, LYING phony.

The whole delivery seemed trite, mean-spirited, and immature.

Worst movie I've seen lately.

It hammers along at the same theme in a predictable, lifeless stream of banter so limp that even the cast seems to be moving in slow motion.

Easily the worst movie....

The movie starts out so slowly, and the repetitive punchlines-about not being able to lie, as expected-just slow it down even more, while it did have some funny jokes they weren't laugh out loud worthy.

Garner is stunning as usual.

The risk of going too philosophical, thus pedantic and artsy-fartsy, is too high, and I'm quite sure it wasn't the original goal of the movie.

Unfortunately as the story unfolds after the big turn, it all gets somehow predictable and boring in the last 40 to 30 minutes of the movie.

Quite boring and brutal, really.

Tina Fey looked bored, Jennifer Garner was trying way too hard and what the hell was with Rob Lowe: two-day stubble and a hoarse whisper throughout?

After that bit of silliness the movie basically becomes a cookie cutter romance movie with pretty predictable direction and conclusion.

When the movie ends in a standard rom-com style finale, it's quite predictable, because the development of the material has never really promised anything else.

Enjoyable though and a funny film

The 4 remaining points are because of the predictable last half an hour.

No, it's not the funniest thing I've ever seen, but I did find it quite entertaining.

After a piece of self-indulgence over the credits by Gervaise then a scene where he meets his love interest (played roboticly by Jennifer Garner).

I understand that these are probably intended to represent a world without fiction, but they make the film a little tedious to watch and don't add anything to the movie.

In the end I enjoyed myself but as I left the theater I was of the opinion I don't need to see it again.

its as boring as it is obvious.

The screenplay is ambitious and, whilst it does a lot of good things, it is a little disjointed and uneven.

I literally walked out of the movie once a scene towards the end happened.

Definitely worth watching.

The ideas are thrown out here and there, the ambition is admirable, there is fluent levity in their vocab and they make a good team as far as entertaining the audience is concerned.

On top of all that its important to add that the message was obvious and cliché - all in all this was a bad watch.

One of the worst movies I ever wasted time watching .


His pod casts are brilliant and I listen to old XFM shows daily - they often get me through boring days at work.

i must be the only one bored to see this pugnosed smugfaced man on tv and movies.

The plot went rapidly downhill and while I'm not religious, I found the anti-religion aspect quite boring and tedious.

I was bored and didn't laugh out loud once.

I was bored for a lot of the movie and didn't really laugh at all.

He excels as the appealing lead character we can all empathise with, and carries the film with a well-done direction, maybe not on the same level as The Office or Extras, but an enjoyable comedy.

The first quarter of the movie is definitely worth seeing: it is entertaining and good for social discussion and contemplation.

Rick Gervais was bland as the lead character and lacked charisma, Jennifer Garner, on the other hand, was lovely as usual, lightning up the screen every time she appeared.

Everything was bland, like the colors and the mindsets of people.

We didn't find it laugh-out-loud funny, more wryly amusing, and there were many comedic touches that made the film very entertaining.

Or, at least, one of the most truly unexpected moments from the history of light comic cinema.

This is 100 minutes of someone talking about his opinions - and that is simply boring!

However, once the concept of living in a world without lies was being depicted to this certain extent, the movie turned from being just a funny comedy-flick to one that addresses highly philosophical issues in an entertaining way.

Everything else is incredibly Cliché, drawn out, and not original.

The romantic subplot is, quite frankly, predictable and more or less kills the rest of the story, as the focus is now on Mark and Anna, with the "horrible web of lies" becoming a mere plot device.

This is usually forgivable in a comedy because the movie does what it's supposed to do - make you laugh - even if you're left with an empty feeling once it's over.

In simple terms, everything about this film was too predictable.

Hopefully this will not dissuade anyone from going because this movie is worth watching.

If the film were sufficiently funny then I suppose I might have born it, but it isn't and I couldn't, so I walked out.

The premise of this film is funny, but it becomes too much of itself and is tiresome after a while.

What follows is a 30 minute waste of a religious parable that I think was supposed to be witty and insightful, but came off as forced and boring, in much the same way Evan Almighty was a couple years back.

It was boring and insulting to everyone.

A potentially good idea that ends up being gimmicky and predictable.

It plays like the realization of the tree of Eden but deteriorates into endless boredom.

For all of this high-concept comedy's failings it is still somewhat enjoyable mind you, thanks largely to Gervais' lovable charm and willingness to poke fun at himself.

Hollywood Gervais Makes Boring Predictable RomCom .

As well as this, the mannerisms he so often expressed in The Office and Extras are here again - somewhat tedious, unless you only watch Gervais for those reasons alone.

The jokes turned out being tedious and tiresome.

Overall, it felt pretty drab at the end.

The film becomes near unwatchable though when it turns into a religious statement.

If you don't really like him, or don't care either way, it is still an enjoyable film, with a great cast who make it worth seeing, especially now when you can probably find it cheaply on Netflix or whatever.

It wasn't funny, it was painfully slow and it was unsatisfying.

Overall it has to be said that it is a decent film that is worth watching despite its fairly poor execution.

He can mold the world to be whatever he wants, but he ultimately ends up looking and acting bored throughout the whole movie.

An afterlife gives a cold and confusing universe meaning the movie posits.

but for some reason we find ourselves entangled in a pointless labyrinth of romance, morals, pizza boxes and men in the sky.

I came into The Invention of Lying with very low expectations, and enjoyed it much more than I expected to.

Hmmm, got it, religion is to blame for all the evils of the world and a relatively boring thirteen hundreds proves that point.

It was just boring.

Gervais yet again is playing a guy who knows and shares with us that he is small, fat and not particularly good looking, a sort of ordinary and boring everyman.

But what we are actually given is a confused and confusing world that has little to do with the title of the film.

The film is more depressing and boring then funny and fresh.

I kept waiting for this movie to be funny and insightful and instead it was boring and predictable.

On the truth gags, thematic possibilities are endless and writers-directors Gervais and Matthew Robinson, keep the early punches snappy, eventually escalating the film into a raunchy dig at organized religion.

Clever and Entertaining .

It's a clever idea to show how mundane life would become without any deception, and the premise is explored with laser-sharp sparks of wit during the movie's first half.

It was boring and a rehash of tired ideas.

Instead of pushing the boundaries by dipping it in absurdity and taking deadly aim at its possible victims it only grazes the target and binds the story in a formulaic romance while trying desperately to remain realistic.

And as much as gripping and easily spoken, the film is about, it is tremendously difficult to make it accurate.

Gervais appears to play the same character in all of his movies - a watered down David Brent, but without the cruel edge and sharp writing of his TV material, this character becomes an irritating,shallow, repetitive and irritating persona.

It is extremely boring and Gervais comes off as annoying.

It's not so much that their cameo's are particularly good, rather that they momentarily distract you from this ultra dull offering.

While I enjoyed it the first time, I absolutely loved it the second time around.

But, still worth watching, hence a 6.

Instead, I think I've seen the worst movie of the year.

Rich concept and Gervais make an enjoyable comedy .

They waste no time telling each other this, in all honesty, including their doubts and worries about the date.

My favorite bit was the script for "The Black Plague" a thrilling and remarkable re-write of history.

Filled with an intense onslaught of joke-filled sentences, there is really never a moment in this film that doesn't end up being profound.

I like Rickey Gervaise as a comedian even though his acting skills seems to be bland and insipid at times.

And the very fact the film was in parts boring enough to let me think this is in itself a flaw.

"The Invention of Lying" is well done, enjoyable, and funny.

But it never becomes boring because new, ponderous avenues keep opening up for our hero "Mark" (Ricky Gervais) who plays the role as a lovable, kind-hearted loser who stumbles on this super power.

The invention of lying plods on fighting for comic moments which don't really seem to exist.

For a 'high-concept' film it just seems very predictable, pedestrian and shallow.

Pretty thin, but entertaining nonetheless .

It rates as one of the worst movies I've ever been unfortunate enough to sit through.

Thrown in is a large helping of anti-religious propaganda.

I found myself wanting to throw up because of the lack of story development past the novelty of the concept of one man lying and the rest of the world believing him.

His personality worked brilliantly in 'The Office', the two series of 'Extras', and some of his early stand up shows, however, his now repetitive style seems stale.

Simple and entertaining .

, in supporting roles as Mark's buddies, are bland and forgettable.

This movie is pointless.

In truth the most interesting part was the slow build-up to the first lie, and the consequences of Mark's newfound skill in making stuff up.

Save your money.

I enjoyed it, as did my partner.

Then you have the (so-called) atheist propaganda.

The movie has an intriguing premise – what if everyone in the world always told the truth?

In short, this is simply a boring, depressing, pointless movie.

It was puerile and boring.

Overall, the acting was stunning.

It was also getting very repetitive, they kept saying the same dialogs over and over.

I found it very entertaining, refreshing, and eventually moral.