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The Invention of Lying (2009)

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A comedy set in a world where no one has ever lied, until a writer seizes the opportunity for personal gain.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ricky Gervais ... Mark Bellison
Jennifer Garner ... Anna McDoogles
Jonah Hill ... Frank
Louis C.K. ... Greg
Jeffrey Tambor ... Anthony
Fionnula Flanagan ... Martha Bellison
Rob Lowe ... Brad Kessler
Tina Fey ... Shelley
Donna Sorbello Donna Sorbello ... Anna's Mother
Stephanie March ... Blonde
Ruben Santiago-Hudson ... Landlord
John Hodgman ... Wedding Overseer
Nate Corddry ... News Reporter
Jimmi Simpson ... Bob
Martin Starr ... Waiter #1
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Storyline

It's a world where everyone tells the truth - and just about anything they're thinking. Mark Bellison is a screenwriter, about to be fired. He's short and chunky with a flat nose - a genetic setup that means he won't get to first base with Anna, the woman he loves. At a bank, on the spur of the moment he blurts out a fib, with eye-popping results. Then, when his mother's on her deathbed, frightened of the eternal void awaiting her, Mark invents fiction. The hospital staff overhear his description of Heaven, believe every word, and tell others. Soon Mark is a prophet, his first inventive screenplay makes him rich, and he's basically a good guy. But will that be enough for Anna? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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In a world where everyone can only tell the truth... ...this guy can lie. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language including some sexual material and a drug reference | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

This Side of the Truth See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,027,472, 4 October 2009

Gross USA:

$18,451,251

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,406,507
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's credits are set in the Windsor typeface, used notably in the films of Woody Allen. See more »

Goofs

In the bar scene, there is a full glass of beer in front of Mark. When the camera cuts to the bartender then back to Mark, his beer glass is near empty, now accompanied by several empty shot glasses. See more »

Quotes

Brad Kessler: [to Anna's mom] Ok, you're annoying me. Your voice is shrill. Goodbye.
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Good idea, an average movie
3 November 2016 | by Bored_DragonSee all my reviews

IMDb says comedy/fantasy/romance... it has elements of all three, that's a fact, but it is not what determines this movie. I would say entertaining and occasionally funny satire of humanity, that hits some painful spots and makes you think about the world we live in. It is not a real comedy and definitely isn't a real love movie. You cannot say it is a romance movie only because there are some people who fall in love in it. Still, like many times before, I think this is one fantastic idea wasted on a mediocre movie. It could've been done much much better and I hope someone will try to make an improved remake, cause it would be a shame if this idea remains in this movie only. As much as I am amazed by the essence of the story, because of lousy realization I'll rate it

7/10


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