The Invention of Lying

Thursday 5th September 2013

Director: Ricky Gervais, Matthew Robinson
Year: 2009
Stars: Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Jonah Hill, Louis C.K., Rob Lowe, Tina Fey

I had recorded this when I was in a "well, it's a movie that's been recommended, so maybe it's worth a watch". I was, however, fairly dubious about whether it would be any good or not, as I've never been a fan of The Office, and this was directed, written by and stars Ricky Gervais.

So the fact that I was laughing along at the right moments and finding it all pretty amusing within 5 minutes came as a pleasant surprise. Even more surprising was the fact that I was still finding the whole thing funny 5 minutes before the end. The premise is simple, and a pure Hollywood pitch - lying doesn't exist, until one man invents it; and discovers he can get away with basically anything.

It's not a clever movie by any means, and if you're looking for something to tax your brain, this isn't it. But if you want some simply humour on a lazy day, you could do worse than The Invention of Lying.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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