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
When trying to secure Philip Seymour Hoffman for his cameo his agent claimed he was too busy so Ricky Gervais requested his email address and sent him the following: "Dear Philip, will you please appear in my new film? There is very little money involved as I spent the budget on testicular implants, but don't look upon them as my testicles, look at them as our testicles." Phillip Seymour Hoffman couldn't refuse after that. See more »
John Hodgman, as the "Wedding Overseer" looks to be wearing a crucifix. However, upon close examination, it is actually a likeness of Mark holding the "two pizza boxes", matching the image behind the "Wedding Overseer". See more »
I found the movie to be mind stretching. Gee, the movie may exaggerate human suggestibility, but we are quite susceptible to what others tell us--especially if we want to believe what they say. Our susceptibility also results from our prior cultural experiences. Some cultures are very authoritarian. Thus, people from those backgrounds are more susceptible than those people from cultures that encourage questioning.
Another aspect I enjoyed was the recognition of the character that his power to influence others could be used selfishly or to help others. A related aspect of the influencing is the unpredictability of the effects that the influence will have on others--one might call these effects "collateral damage, complications, and benefits". I relate these interventions to all human interactions--including interventions into the affairs of other countries.
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