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
Was originally titled "This Side Of The Truth". 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 »
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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I love this movie and think Ricky Gervais has done a terrific job of writing and directing it. The basic premise of a world where only truth exists has been treated in other movies but none come close to the wit and charm of this one. I was surprised and disappointed that so many viewers took offense at this movie... charging it as an anti-religion movie. Wow, what a stretch. Hey movie goers with open minds, don't let the negative reviews deter you from seeing a great movie with a clever story line, some hilarious moments and even a couple of scenes that were very touching. It's satire at it's very best...penetrating, and wise.
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