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The Invention of Lying
Wouldn't it be great to be the only guy in the world that could lie
What would you do if you lived in a world where everyone could only tell the truth, yet only you could lie. Such a predicament falls upon our protagonist, Mark Bellison (Richard Gervais), as he lives in a alternate reality, where humanity has never evolved to tell a lie. As ludicrous as this sounds, it's gets even stranger as Mark's life has been going increasingly downhill with the loss of his job, and constant ridicule from his former co-workers, Brad Kessler (Rob Lowe) and Shelley (Tina Fey). To make matters even more worse, the girl of his dreams, Anna McDoogles (Jennifer Gardner), constantly ignore him due to her desire to find a more genetic match. Indeed, life just couldn't get any worse for our protagonist until one day, as he's forced to come up with his rent with very little funds to cover it, something remarkable happens to Mark that changes his life forever. Instead of honestly telling the bank clerk how much he had to withdraw, he lied about having more money in his account than he actually had. As it seems, Mark's brain is the first to evolve, to where he's fully capable of lying, where everyone else can't. Surely enough, Mark uses this new found gift to his advantage, as he managed to not only get his job back, win the heart of Anna, win a fortune gambling, but creates a religion that makes him infamously known throughout the world. It's a very interesting concept, and the cast seems to play their parts rather well. Unfortunately, this film often at times comes off as predictable and ridiculously cliched. As Mark constantly tries to woo Anna, he pleas to her to look at the inner beauty of a person. However, it seems like throughout almost three quarters of the films she's really only concerned with marrying someone as she puts it, "a perfect genetic match." Therefore, one has to wonder what does he see in her, since she's obviously shallow as heck in most of the movie. Yet, he keeps telling her to look at inner beauty when she herself has none, until later on in the movie. Therefore, why wouldn't he do the same thing with a slightly less attractive girl if that was honestly the case? Needless to say, the story line and character development comes off as a tad silly at times. However, one of the bright spots for this movie was acting. As each actor was able to bring their own distinct personalities and comedy to their characters. Even though, it seems like Ricky always plays almost the same type of character in every movie he does, he's still able to bring his sharp wit to make any comedy worth watching. Plus, the chemistry between him and Jennifer Gardner was simply amazing. Rob Lowe and Tina Fey also do a great job coming off as jerks, in the movie, yet funny enough to where you couldn't help but laugh at their exploits. Needless to say, the film does offer a interesting plot, and it did seem to have a lot of promise with an all star cast. It just couldn't deliver as well as advertised. However, that's not to say that this is a bad comedy by any means, as the actors' performances make this movie worth watching. "The Invention of Lying" may not be as good as advertised, but it's definitely worth a rental.