"The Invention of Lying"Monday, October 19, 2009 By Kayla Isler
“The Invention of Lying”, a comedy released in theaters on Oct. 2, 2009, stars Ricky Gervais and Jennifer Garner in a world where everyone must tell the truth, having no concern of how their words will affect the one being spoken to. This common rule to the fictional world however, does not apply to Mark Bellison (Gervais), the only man who seems capable of lying. Mark, using his new found ability, tries to correct the wrongs he sees in his community that comes with the brutal honesties and tries to win the heart of his long time crush Anna McDoogles (Garner). As a whole, “The Invention of Lying” itself proved to be entertaining but did not seem to have the traditional aspects of a comedy. The “comedic” scenes mocked religious beliefs. For example, at one point Mark tells the whole world that there is a man living in the sky who controls all things in life. At another point, Mark carries ten “rules” to life on two pizza boxes that bare a striking resemblance to the Ten Commandments’ tablets. Furthermore, “The Invention of Lying” came across as too serious to be a comedy and had many sad moments that brought sniffling to the theater. While the movie failed to come across as a comedy, the overall plot was well written and acted out. The end result proved to be heart warming as Mark obtained everything he wanted. Altogether, “The Invention of Lying” proved to be exceptionally good despite that it was hardly what it seemed in the trailers.