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The Invention Of Lying

Posted on Wednesday October 26, 2011 at 3:59pm in

Bryan recommended this movie to me.

The Invention Of Lying

I remember when it came out and I don’t remember hearing much about it. I don’t know why this movie didn’t get more attention because it was really good. The plot follows a man (Ricky Gervais) who lives in a hypothetical world where no one is capable of telling a lie. Everyone just says whatever thought crosses their mind without regard to how it will affect others. This has many effects on say… first dates, relationships, marketing and advertising, books and movies (there is no such thing as fiction), and so on.

One fateful day, something clicks in the man’s mind and he tells the world’s first lie. Or as he puts it “says something that isn’t.” With his new way of seeing the world he is able to manipulate the people around him to shape the world as he sees fit. Since no one else understands the concept of a lie, everyone instantly assumes that everything he says is the truth, believing the most outrageous claims without a second thought.

This was a clever movie and very well done. It wasn’t only entertaining but made you think a lot about the importance of lying. I definitely recommend seeing this one.

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