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THE INVENTION OF LYING
USA: Warner Bros Pictures
UK: Universal Pictures International (UK)
Cast: Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Jonah Hill, Louis CK, Rob Lowe, Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Jeffrey Tambor, Fionnula Flanagan, Patrick Stewart, Christopher Guest
Directors: Ricky Gervais, Matthew Robinson
USA & UK: 99 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for language including some sexual material and a drug reference
UK Certificate: 12A contains moderate comic sex references
USA Release Date: 2 October 2009
UK Release Date: 2 October 2009
THE INVENTION OF LYING takes place in an alternate reality in which lying—even the concept of a lie—does not exist. Everyone, from politicians to advertisers to the man and woman on the street, speaks the truth and nothing but the truth with no thought of the consequences.
But when a down-on-his-luck loser named Mark Bellison (Gervais) suddenly develops the ability to lie, he finds that dishonesty has its rewards. In a world where every word is assumed to be the absolute truth, Mark easily lies his way to fame and fortune.
But lies have a way of spreading, and Mark begins to realize that things are getting a little out of control when some of his tallest tales are being taken as, well, gospel. With the entire world now hanging on his every word, there is only one thing Mark has not been able to lie his way into: the heart of the woman he loves.