Reality TV is the best thing EVER!
Alright now that I’ve told you all a complete lie, let me tell you the truth about Ricky Gervais’ new movie “The Invention of Lying”.
Lies are good, lies are bad, lies help make the world go around. But what if there was a world without lies? Where everyone said the truth and what’s exactly on their mind. Blunt remarks and opinions people told that people would keep to themselves. Also there is no fiction at all.
Here in this world we meet Mark Bellison (Gervais). An unsuccessful lecture-film writer who well writes the text we all see in history text schoolbooks being read by an old man. He’s often told by people he’s a fat loser with a snub nose and is truly nothing. Most of that comes from his assistant Shelley (Tina Fey). As the film opens he goes on a date with Anna McDoogles (Jennifer Garner) who straight-out tells him he’s not attractive due to his looks and less than successful financial situation. She does him she had a better time than she thought she would.
Mark is fired the next day at his job because his films about the Black Plaque didn’t do so well with audiences and viewers. Also finds out he’s $500 behind on his rent so he goes to the bank and knows that he only has $300 in his account but tells the bank teller he has $800 in it and she believes it was a system error and gives him the $800. Believing this was just a coy Mark tests out lying again by telling a woman on the street that the world is going to end unless they have sex right now. Mark has created the world’s first lie.
He uses his new found lying to help out people on hard times, a struggling couple, and keeping his neighbor Frank (Jonah Hill) from killing himself. He also uses this to write a new screenplay for a lecture film to get his job back making up completely outrageous facts and calls it “The Black Plaque.” He becomes even more famous than fellow film lecture writer and rival Brad Kessler (Rob Lowe).
Now this may or may not contain spoilers for some who haven’t yet see the film but if you have not seen it, look away now and I’ll tell you when its okay.
While on another date with Anna, Mark gets a call that his mother has suffered a heart attack and been rushed to the hospital and is dying. On her deathbed he tells her that she won’t be miserable. That she’s going to a place where everyone she loved is and they all live in their own mansions, be happy forever and have whatever they want. Word of this gets around and people start badgering Mark to tell them more and in one the funniest scenes this year, he rights down 10 laws on the back of Pizza Hut boxes and tells them these laws handed down by a man in the sky and there is a good place and bad place for people. Everyone gets is allowed to do three bad things and if they do three bad things, they go to the bad place. Well now Mark is seen as some sort of Messiah, or Prophet, Mark becomes more famous, gets a huge mansion, and has his friend Greg (Louis C.K.) live with him.
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This is truly the funniest film I’ve seen of 2009. Now I wanna note before I continue, I have not seen “The Hangover” yet so don’t stone or torch me to death because I find this funnier because I ain’t seen “The Hangover” yet.
Ricky Gervais stars, co-writes, and co-directs this movie which I loved a lot. I loved the story and its originality. I mean it’s a brilliant idea and was executed perfectly here in the right hands. Gervais does have a lot of fat and image jokes made towards him as you expected but give the man credit. He didn’t create his character as a big ladies man and cool guy because well really he’s not. This film also shows why he’s one the best comedians in the world today. Matthew Robinson was the other writer-director here and he does very well too.
Also this has got a great cast. Jennifer Garner here is funny and fun to watch. She’s hot as hell as usual but let’s not get off track. Her truthfulness and blunt opinions on her first date with Gervais was utterly hilarious. Louis C.K. gives the best supporting role here as Mark’s friend Greg. They meet in a bar after Gervais tells his first lie and well they become cool buddies from then on out. He’s very funny and has some the films best lines and works well with Gervais. Rob Lowe here is such a fucking douchebag, asshole, that he’s hilarious. Much like what he did in “Wayne’s World”. He’s very effective here as a rival to Gervais for Garner. Jonah Hill here is good but not given much except to be depressed and trying to kill himself. My only somewhat negative cause he wasn’t used much.
There are a lot of great celebrity cameos and actors who show up with bit parts in the film you don’t see in any of the trailers or commercials. Look out for them and prepare to be surprised.
Now there is some controversy surrounding the film about when the world sees Gervais’ character as a Messiah and saying the film attack religion and is a pro atheist movie. It is not! This film is in no way a pro atheist film and doesn’t aim to be. It simply says that religion is a result of lying being created. If your one those highly religious people who says this film is wrong and immoral and ain’t seen it, fuck you and get over yourselves. A priest who promotes marriage between a man and a woman and gets caught fucking a gay personal trainer in a hotel room and do meth and you say god will forgive him of his sins and he was blinded by the devil but one man makes a movie that is part religious satire and you call it a pro atheist movie? FUCK YO THOUGHTS!
Pure and simple, this is the best comedy I’ve seen this year so far, one the year’s best, and a very smart, funny, and original film.