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Friday, October 16, 2009

Invention of Lying, Truth or Dare, Thoreau Quote

I was mildly entertained by the movie, Invention of Lying. Ricky Gervais, a comic actor who co-directed and co-wrote the satire/farce with Matthew Robinson (release date 10/2/09), receives mixed reviews. The movie is a fantasy, taking place at a time when everyone in the world tells the truth except for one misfit in the film industry (played by Gervais). After discovering he can lie, Gervais tries to use this knowledge to further his goals. Others in the cast include Jennifer Garner, Rob Lowe, Jonah Hill, Louis C.K. as well as John Hodgman, Tina Fey, Christopher Guest, and Jeffrey Tambor.
Although Invention of Lying shows the struggle between lying and truth telling and what force wins out, this interesting premise isn't developed well. The writers miss an opportunity to compare it to current political or economic situations in American society. Gervais and Robinson select a love relationship to illustrate their message. Their buildup and technique is to repeat the same joke over and over and I sighed in relief by the time the film ends. Readers out there. What did you think of the film?

The quote for today is from Henry David Thoreau- "If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."

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