Directed by Ricky Gervais & Matthew Robinson, rated PG-13, 99 minutes
The Invention of Lying is a flawed but ambitious comedy set in world where everyone can only tell the truth, until one depressed writer discovers how to lie. Ricky Gervais brings his familiar sad-sack comedy to the film and has plenty of self-deprecating charm as the lead, and all the supporting parts are filled by talented comedians, plus there are even a few hilarious cameos. The premise of the film is intriguing and sets up some rather funny gags, but the story is split between religious satire, which is funny and thought provoking, and a love story, which effectively fails. The Invention of Lying is proof that perhaps Gervais can't be a successful romantic lead, but this bold comedy proves he can be very funny and even subversive You'll like it if: You like fantasy comedies, satirical comedies, Ricky Gervais, Idiocracy, Liar Liar or Life of Brian.