The Invention of Lying: A mini review

I’m not going to come out and say The Invention of Lying is a good movie – that wouldn’t be true.  But it exceeded my expectations.

The film centres around Mark Bellison (Ricky Gervais) and his love interest, Anna (Jennifer Garner).  It’s set in a world where no one can tell a lie.  The result, of course, is that everyone is brutally honest at all times (though it’s never clear why not telling a lie is the same as not being able to keep your mouth shut).

It’s funny at times – mostly for the shock value. Had I been in a better mood when I watched it I might have even laughed.  But what I found so surprising about the movie is that it is very sweet.

When Mark accidentally invents lying, he fixes the obviously broken parts of his life.  But once he discovers that lies ironically make the world a kinder and more interesting place, he lies to make other people’s lives better.

It’s a love story in its most simplistic form. But at its heart, the movie is about the goodness of human beings.

So it’s not the best written movie I’ve ever seen, and some of it didn’t even make a lot of sense, but I’d recommend it… especially if you have TMN where it is currently available for free on demand.


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