The Invention of Lying The truth? Ricky Gervais' jolting philosophical comedy The Invention of Lying is seriously subversive. What other rom-com would spend so much time making a convincing… The Invention of Lying The truth? Ricky Gervais' jolting philosophical comedy The Invention of Lying is seriously subversive. What other rom-com would spend so much time making a convincing… 2009-10-02 PG-13 PT100M Comedy Jennifer Garner Ricky Gervais Louis C.K. Tina Fey Rob Lowe Warner Bros.
Movie Review

The Invention of Lying (2009)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, ... | LYING TO MEET YOU Jennifer Garner and Ricky Gervais seek romance despite the odds in The Invention of Lying
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LYING TO MEET YOU Jennifer Garner and Ricky Gervais seek romance despite the odds in The Invention of Lying
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Oct 02, 2009; Rated: PG-13; Length: 100 Minutes; Genre: Comedy; With: Jennifer Garner and Ricky Gervais; Distributor: Warner Bros.

The truth? Ricky Gervais' jolting philosophical comedy The Invention of Lying is seriously subversive. What other rom-com would spend so much time making a convincing case that 
 belief in an afterlife is a harmless load of bollocks? Much less one starring a radiant Jennifer Garner as a pretty lady looking to marry a pretty man and make pretty children (which theoretically leaves a disappointed Gervais out of the running as a beau)? In a hilariously literal-
minded society where people can't help but speak the truth, Gervais is the one guy who realizes that lies can be useful. Wait, it's deeper than that: Without lying — or ''making things up,'' if you'd prefer a more uplifting spin — our hero demonstrates that there'd be a lot of hurt, hopeless people on earth, and no good screenplays.

Perhaps only Gervais — the inconvenient-truth teller from the BBC's The Office and Extras, the dry voice of reason on awards shows — could argue the pros and cons of 
 lying so well, attracting a hip cast that includes Rob Lowe, Louis C.K., and Tina Fey 
 to back him up. Honesty compels me to say that the tech aspects are often muddy. (Gervais makes a behind-the-camera debut, codirecting and co-writing with newcomer Matthew Robinson.) But the performances are razor sharp. And the ideas in this movie are, no kidding, big. B+

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Originally posted Sep 29, 2009 Published in issue #1069-1070 Oct 09, 2009 Order article reprints
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