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The Invention of Lying Movie Review Summary

Actors: Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Rob Lowe, Jonah Hill, Louis C.K.

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The film is set in an alternate reality where no one has ever told a lie. Our hero is Mark Bellison, a script writer. He goes on a predictably disastrous date with the beautiful Anna McDoogles.
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After being fired and evicted, Mark goes to the bank, where in a stroke of inspiration, he tells the world's first lie: he lies about the amount of money in his bank account. He explores his new found power and becomes rich and successful.

On a second date with Anna, she is impressed with his exploits but still doesn't find him attractive. During their date, Mark is told that his mother has suffered a heart attack. The doctor tells him that she will die. Sitting by her side, he tries to comfort her by telling her of a beautiful place where you go after you die, where you meet all of your friends. Upon hearing this, everyone demands to know more from Mark.

Despite his ability to lie, Mark doesn't do so to convince Anna to be with him. She starts dating and gets engaged to Brad Kessler, who is handsome and a "genetic match". On the day of the wedding, Anna asks Mark to tell her whether she should marry Brad, but he refuses, believing she should decide on her own. Anna stops the wedding and runs after Mark, acknowledging that she loves him. The two eventually get married and have a son.

Best part of story, including ending: I liked the concept of the story, but not enough was done with it. It turns into a rather conventional romantic comedy. Great comedic talent from the supporting cast.

Best scene in story: The scene where Mark becomes a reluctant prophet. He has to explain the rules of the religion he has just created, and the omnipotent "Man in the sky" to the demanding crowd occupying his lawn.

Opinion about the main character: Mark is a good guy, and after having some fun with his power to lie, he helps out his friends. He also doesn't cheat Anna's trust.

The review of this Movie prepared by Vlad Codirla a Level 5 American Goldfinch scholar

Script Analysis of The Invention of Lying

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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   2000's+ (present) Comedy or Parody about    -   special ability/disability

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   20's-30's Has magical powers?    -   Yes Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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