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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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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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