Over the weekend my family watched a DVD called The Invention of Lying staring Ricky Gervais and Jennifer Garner, costaring: Jona Hill, Louis C.K., Rob Lowe, and a cameo performance by Tina Fey.
In the movie the world is not exactly like it is in real life. In this world things are mostly the same however, nobody knows about lying, nobody knows how to lie, they have never heard of it, and don't even have a word for it. So everybody tells the truth about everything. Everyone believes every thing that everyone says because there really is not a reason to not believe them as there is no dishonesty. This honesty is sometime brutal as people will often say what ever is on their mind instead of censoring their selves like we do. So if you found someone un-attractive you would have no problem just telling them so and similiar things like that.
Ricky Gervais plays MarkBellison who is a man whose life is not going all that great he is sort of chubby (actually I think he is average in real life standards but not for Hollywood standards which are rediculas), and not particularly handsome, and he has no money, and is about to be fired from his job as a screen writer. Keep in mind that there is no fiction in this existence as that would imply lying to some degree as you would be writing about something that is not actually true and factual, so instead of writing block buster movie stories, movie writers in this move write screen plays about things that actually happened in history. Mark's job is to write about the 1300 century which was apparently a century where very little happened.
To make matters worse for poor Mark his mother is in a nursing home and is at the top of the death pool for the staff there.
Mark has had a crush on Anna (played by Jennifer Garner) and he manages to get a date with her. Some kind of blind date thing that is not really explained that well, but you get the impression that he knew her but she did not know him. Of course this being an honest world and all Anna tells Mark she is not attracted to him and that she is out of his league but agrees to go out with him on one date anyways. She finds she enjoys his company, but can't be with him because she is just way to out of his league. They do however, become friends.
When Mark has just about reached his worse point he manages to tell a lie. After he does this he realizes he has the power to do all sorts of things if he just continues to lie. Remember everyone in this world believes everything, everyone else says. So Mark's life is forever changed by his gift of lying.
I found this movie to be really funny and delightful. At first it seemed a little dry and I was concerned, but they were saying the funniest things in the dryest of tones and my whole family was laughing at the boldness of what was being said. Soon the movie was not dry at all and actually quite funny. When it started to take a dip in to religion I was a little concerned that it was going to take a bad turn, but it really didn't.
If you want to see a movie that is very clever and will make you giggle, I highly recommend you see The Invention of Lying.