Based on early reviews, The Invention of Lying might be the best (or at least best-reviewed) comedy of 2009. Take a look.
"...the performances are razor sharp. And the ideas in this movie are, no kidding, big."
— Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"While it never tops the explosive hilarity of its first 20 minutes, The Invention of Lying is a smartly written, nicely layered comedy..."
— Justin Chang, Variety
"One of the fall's funniest films — honest."
— Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
"...brushes more big ideas than commonplace comedies, but hasn't taken those ideas through enough drafts to work out their implications or — harder still — make them killingly funny."
— Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice Posted 09.30.09 by reelz
Ricky Gervais's newest comedy, The Invention of Lying, has been hailed by Star Trek's J.J. Abrams as an "important comedy", and to prove it Warner Bros. has unloaded a slew of TV spots.
The comedy, written and directed by Gervais with newcomer Matthew Robinson, depicts a world where no one has the ability to lie, with the exception of Gervais. The movie opens October 2 and stars Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Tina Fey, and Jonah Hill.
Check out just a sampling of the TV spots below:
For even more Lying, watch all the TV spots here. Posted 09.13.09 by Ryan
There's no denying it: British Office star Ricky Gervais and Star Trek director J.J. Abrams are locked in a bromance. Evidence of this bromance surfaced when Abrams praised Gervais' upcoming comedy The Invention of Lying.
Ricky Gervais proves, once again, that he is the master. Not only of comedy, but social commentary. The Invention Of Lying is as funny as it is biting, wholly original, and surprisingly moving. Is there such thing as important comedy? Turns out there is, and this is it.
Then Gervais turned around and praised Abrams.
Star Trek was my favourite film of this year. He's a genius, he's like the new [Steven] Spielberg. And he said [Lying] was an important comedy. It's embarrassing talking about it but I put it on my website immediately!
Turns out the bromance started years ago when Gervais was cast in Abrams's TV show Alias. And since then, Gervais admits Abrams has tried to cast him in other projects, including an unspecified role in Star Trek.
[Abrams] offered me a couple of parts I couldn't do, one in Mission: Impossible and one in Star Trek itself but I couldn't do them because I was busy. I'll work with him again one day and I've thanked him, I've thanked him very much.
Hug it out already, you two! Posted 09.11.09 by Ryan