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The Invention of Lying (2009)

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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.

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It's a world where everyone tells the truth - and just about anything they're thinking. Mark Bellison is a screenwriter, about to be fired. He's short and chunky with a flat nose - a genetic setup that means he won't get to first base with Anna, the woman he loves. At a bank, on the spur of the moment he blurts out a fib, with eye-popping results. Then, when his mother's on her deathbed, frightened of the eternal void awaiting her, Mark invents fiction. The hospital staff overhear his description of Heaven, believe every word, and tell others. Soon Mark is a prophet, his first inventive screenplay makes him rich, and he's basically a good guy. But will that be enough for Anna? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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love | truth | lie | screenwriter | heaven | See more »

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In a world where everyone can only tell the truth... ...this guy can lie. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for language including some sexual material and a drug reference | See all certifications »

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2 October 2009 (USA)  »

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This Side of the Truth  »

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Budget:

$18,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,735,326 (UK) (2 October 2009)

Gross:

$18,439,082 (USA) (11 December 2009)
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Trivia

Gervais insisted that Louis C.K. shave off his goatee because he needed to look like a caveman for the opening scene. C.K. was very reluctant but he eventually shaved it off. The cavemen scene was filmed but it was deleted from the final cut. See more »

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Even though Anna can't lie, on her date with Mark she fakes a smile a couple of times. See more »

Quotes

Anna's Mother: Just because he's talking to the man in the sky doesn't mean he's good enough to be your friend.
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Referenced in Life's Too Short: Episode #1.6 (2011) See more »

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Dreamer
(1974) (uncredited)
Written by Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson
Performed by Supertramp
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Barrel of Laughs, No Really
26 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I thought this movie was fantastic, The truth is that people at their core are to that extent superficial and "rude" to put it lightly. This movie revolves around how the world would word if absolutely everything you thought to say but suppressed out of courtesy instead came flying off your tongue without a thought. To put it bluntly I think this movie was being far too kind compared to what would really happen if a world like this actually existed, but on top of that the actors in it played perfectly. It had just the right mix of comedy and drama to make it a success.

Ten out of ten, I recommend you don't miss this one.


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