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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mark Bellison
... Anna McDoogles
... Frank
... Greg
... Anthony
... Martha Bellison
... Brad Kessler
... Shelley
Donna Sorbello ... Anna's Mother
... Blonde
... Landlord
... Wedding Overseer
... News Reporter
... Bob
... Waiter #1
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Storyline

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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In a world where everyone can only tell the truth,.....he's just invented the 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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Official site | Ricky Gervais - Blog |  »

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2 October 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

This Side of the Truth  »

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$18,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,027,472, 4 October 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$18,439,082, 13 December 2009
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Anna McDoogles: [with an epiphany] I've finally decided what I want!
Mark Bellison: [expecting the worst] And what is that?
Anna McDoogles: I want short fat kids with snub noses!
Mark Bellison: I'm your man.
[Mark smiles; they kiss]
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Connections

Featured in Live from Studio Five: Episode #1.13 (2009) See more »

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Catch the Wind
(1965)
Written by Donovan (as Donovan Leitch)
Performed by Donovan
Courtesy of Sanctuary Records Group Ltd.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Insights into human nature
21 December 2009 | by See all my reviews

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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