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Still shot from the movie: The Invention of Lying.

The Invention of Lying

Mark (Ricky Gervais) has just made a remarkable discovery. While everyone in the world he lives in always tells the truth, he can lie! Using his newfound ability, he quickly begins to take advantage of the trusting souls around him -- especially the beautiful Anna (Jennifer Garner). Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: C+
Language: D+
Drugs/Alcohol: C-
Run Time: 100
Theater Release: 02 Oct 2009
Video Release: 19 Jan 2010
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Why do the screenwriters appear to equate tact or diplomacy with dishonesty? Does complete honesty mean expressing every thought that comes into a person’s head, even if it is unkind? Do you consider social niceties to be lies?

What does the Coke ad in this film have to say about total truth in advertising? How might marketing campaigns be different if they had to be completely forthright? Would you want to live in a world where fiction (either in books or movies) was not allowed?

Once Mark is able to lie, he can see beyond the outward appearance of people and discover their inner strengths. Does that ability have anything to do with honesty? Or is it more of a perception or sensitivity issue?

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