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The Invention of Lying


Oct 02, 2009

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Jan 19, 2010

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Ricky Gervais
Jennifer Garner


2009 Warner Brothers Pictures

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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).

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Why Is The Invention of Lying Rated PG-13?

The Invention of Lying is rated PG-13 for language including some sexual material and a drug reference.

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Here is additional information on sex, violence and profanity in The Invention of Lying...

Although this film contains no depictions of sexual activity beyond some brief kissing, there are frequent, frank and often lengthy discussions on self-pleasuring, sexual arousal, the inappropriate manhandling of women and the intention to copulate. A man tells a woman that the world will end unless she has sex with him immediately. Several vulgar expressions are used along with derogatory comments regarding sexual orientation. The film contains portrayals of childhood bullying, attempted burglary and other unethical activities. On several occasions a character discusses options for committing suicide. Men and women regularly imbibe alcoholic beverages at home, over dinner and in social settings, sometimes to the point of drunkenness. One man drives erratically after consuming numerous drinks. A police officer admits to having a cocaine addiction. Jokes are aimed at religious beliefs, romantic relationships and body types. A character takes on the appearance of a Christian deity. The script contains frequent crude name-calling, some profanities and the use of a sexual expletive in a non-sexual context.

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Canadian Movie Ratings

PG Coarse Language.
AB PG Language May Offend, Not Recommended For Young Children.
MB PG Mature Theme.
ON PG Language May Offend.

Canadian Home Video Rating: PG

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Details on home video releases of The Invention of Lying...

Release Date: 19 January 2010

The Invention of Lying on DVD comes with:

- Additional Footage

- Behind The Scenes Featurette

The Invention of Lying on Blu-Ray is presented in widescreen with:

- Additional Footage

- Behind The Scenes Featurette

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ED says: Oct. 03, 2009

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?!?!  The references you make that this movie “...mocks the beliefs of the spiritual community…”, buried in the 6th paragraph of your review, doesn’t even begin to describe how ANTI-Christian and offensive this movie is.  If you were really looking out for parents, you would be screaming this from the top of the story.  This movie is an attack on ANY religion and spiritual belief.  It only masquerades as a comedy (which it doesn’t even come close at that).

Doug says: Oct. 09, 2009

This movie is blatantly offensive to those who believe in God.  It seems it’s purpose is to make a statement promoting the producer’s atheist agenda. It takes what could have been a witty premise and ruins it with leftist propaganda.  Very sad that so many in the entertainment world attempt to relieve their own searing conscious by attempting to tear down the faith of others.

Stephen says: Dec. 28, 2009

This ‘Comedy’ is not really very funny at all.  There are a couple of funny moments, but these do not make this a comedy.  I agree with the previous comments that this movie is a soapbox for the writers and directors to mock anyone of faith.

Eileen K. says: Sep. 17, 2010

I came away from this movie with my mouth hanging open, absolutely appalled that anyone could be so blatant in their mockery of religion, whitewashed under the cover of a “comedy” about lying.  This trash is offensive from the beginning with its overt sexual references, and just gets worse from there.  I used to like Ricky Gervais, who wrote this garbage, but I will NEVER watch another of his movies again.

Teen Parent says: Dec. 25, 2012

Great movie for non-religious families, exposing human gullibility with a sense of humor. Not recommended for people who can’t handle the faintest hint that deities may not exist, or who don’t want their kids to find out that it’s not only Santa who is imaginary. The movie is only funny if you are open-minded.  Beware the excessive sex talks, though—definitely not for kids under 15.

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