It’s a world where everyone tells the truth – and just about anything they’re thinking. Mark Bellison is a screenwriter, about to be fired. He’s short and chunky with a flat nose – a genetic pool that means he won’t get to first base with Anna, the woman he loves. At a bank, on the spur of the moment he blurts out a fib, with eye-popping results. Then, when his mother’s on her deathbed, frightened of the eternal void awaiting her, Mark invents fiction. The hospital staff overhear his description of Heaven, believe every word, and tell others. Soon Mark is a prophet, his first inventive screenplay makes him rich, and he’s basically a good guy. But will that be enough for Anna? —IMDb
Born in Reading, England, Ricky Gervais worked in the music industry as a radio DJ, band manager, and music supervisor before getting into comedy. As a writer, he provided scripts for the U.K. television series Bruiser and The Sketch Show. As an actor, he was seen quite a bit on The 11 O’Clock Show and provided the voice of the Penguin in the animated show Robbie the Reindeer: Legend of the Lost Tribe. In 2000, he had his own show called Meet Ricky Gervais. On the big screen, Gervais appeared as the bouncer in the U.K. comedy Dog Eat Dog. He’s most known, however, as the writer/director/star of the hit BBC comedy series The Office. He plays David Brent, regional manager of the Wernham Hogg paper company in the London industrial suburb of Slough. A brilliant observation of the contemporary workplace, the show has won a variety of awards over in Britain. Gervais received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy Series in 2003. Projects for 2004 include voice work on the animated… read more
I wouldn't mind a world where no one could lie. I also wouldn't mind a world where I wasn't always depressed, alone, jobless and 82,000 dollars in debt to student loans. Well, beggars can't be choosers I suppose. *drinks* Cheers. Oh also it would be cool if there was a world where Larissa Olyenik would go on a date with me.
"The first half-hour of The Invention of Lying, co-directed and co-written by Ricky Gervais and Matthew Robinson, is so sharply fresh, clever
Despite it’s rather insane plot, the film follows the same basic and boring principles as every other romcom I have seen which is both a shame and a missed opportunity for sure. Ricky Gervais is pretty… read review
The title really tells it all. It sounds like a premise that can go anywhere. When the film starts out, it feels like a one joke premise that would have been more well suited for a sketch then a movie… read review
Sebagai seorang komedian, Ricky Gervais sepertinya adalah salah seorang komedian yang selalu berhasil memberikan kesegaran dalam tiap karyanya. Sebut saja serial komedinya, The Office dan Extras, yang… read review
I was on Ricky Gervais’ wavelength from frame one to fadeout of this film. I laughed when I was meant to laugh, I teared up when cued by the score. I sat imagining a movie starring Jennifer Garner… read review