The Invention of Lying

In a parallel world where people speak only the truth, the romantic prospects for Mark (Ricky Gervais) – short, pudgy and unemployed – aren’t fantastic. Until, that is, he suddenly discovers he can lie, and accidentally invents religion overnight. The resulting fame and fortune will attract the woman of his dreams (Jennifer Garner), but will it all make him happy? This is a great premise, and there’s some amusingly blunt dialogue and background detail – such as the Pepsi ad (“When they don’t have Coke”) and retirement-home sign (“A Sad Place for Hopeless Old People”). But it’s let down by the rather lame rom-com formula overlaying it. 6/10

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