Monday, October 12, 2009
In a World Where Everyone Can Only Tell the Truth...
The Invention of Lying
It seems like this feature film, directed by Ricky Gervais, has managed to bring in over twelve million dollars, over a two week period, into the box office. The film was ranked in the top ten box office blowouts for each week, but it leads myself to believe it this movie had the potential to do so.
The Invention of Lying takes setting within a world where everyone tells the truth. Mark Bellison, played by Ricky Gervais, lives in this world, portrayed as a struggling loser, and how he is insulted by his completely honest coworkers, his Mom, and Anna, played by Jennifer Garner, his date. After making up a story about an afterlife to help comfort his Mom on her deathbed, doctors and nurses overhear him, and soon Mark becomes an international authority on the afterlife. Mark later learns to lie to help his friends, get money at the bank, cheat at the casino, and eventually to win the affection of Anna.
The plot of the movie does seem a bit exciting, but it still leaves me baffled at how it received so much in the box office. It could have to do with the director and lead actor of the film, as Gervais not only took on the role of screenwriter, but he is also known for writing scripts on television series, The Office.
Out of 140 Ratings, Rotten Tomatoes voted this 71% Fresh and IMDB users have rated this film 6.9 out of 10 with a 220% rise in popularity this week.
The Invention of Lying was released on October 2nd, 2009.
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