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The Invention of Lying (2009)

Comedy, Fantasy, Romance |

The Invention of Lying is a American speculative romantic comedy film written and directed by Ricky Gervais and Matthew Robinson. The film stars Gervais as the first human with the ability to lie in a world where people can only tell the truth. The cast includes Jennifer Garner, Jonah Hill, Louis C.K., Rob Lowe, and Tina Fey. The film was released in the United States on October 2, 2009.

The film is set in an alternative reality in which lying does not exist and people are straightforward about what they think and feel.

Mark Bellison is a screenwriter, in a film industry limited to historical readings because there is no fiction. One night he has a date with the beautiful and wealthy Anna McDoogles. She tells Mark she is not attracted to him, because of his looks and failing financial situation, but is going out with him as a favor to his best friend, Greg Kleinschmidt.

The next day, Mark is fired from his job because of the lack of interest in his films, and his landlord threatens to evict him for not paying his rent. Crestfallen, he goes to the bank to close his account. The teller informs him that the computers are down and asks him how much money he has in his account. Mark then has an epiphany that enables him to tell the world’s first lie, which is that he has $800 — the amount he owed his landlord — in his account. He then lies in a variety of other circumstances, initially for personal gain; he prevents a police officer from arresting Greg for drunk driving, breaks the bank at a casino, and writes a screenplay about the world being invaded by aliens in the 14th century that ends with the claim that everyone’s memories were erased.

Directors: Ricky Gervais, Matthew Robinson

Writers: Ricky Gervais, Matthew Robinson

Stars: Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Jonah Hill, Louis C.K., Jeffrey Tambor, Fionnula Flanagan, Rob Lowe


Ricky GervaisMark Bellison
Jennifer GarnerAnna McDoogles
Jonah HillFrank
Louis C.K.Greg
Jeffrey TamborAnthony
Fionnula FlanaganMartha Bellison
Rob LoweBrad Kessler
Tina FeyShelley
Donna SorbelloAnna’s Mother
Stephanie MarchBlonde
Ruben Santiago-HudsonLandlord
John HodgmanWedding Overseer
Nate CorddryNews Reporter
Jimmi SimpsonBob
Martin StarrWaiter #1
Jason BatemanDoctor
Christopher GuestNathan Goldfrappe
Alton Fitzgerald WhiteAngelo Badsmith
Philip Seymour HoffmanJim the Bartender
Edward NortonCop
Roz RyanNurse #1
Michael Patrick GoughHomeless Man
Arnie BurtonWaiter at Fancy Restaurant
Ashlie AtkinsonBank Teller
Bobby MoynihanAssistant
Shaun WilliamsonRichard Bellison
Stephen MerchantMan at the Door
Cole JensenShort Fat Brian
Conner RayburnSon
Lisa GerberArguing Girlfriend
Matt StadelmannArguing Boyfriend
Jared VossPerson #1 (as Jared Vos)
Jessica BaadePerson #2
Elena WohlPerson #3
Matthew RobinsonPerson #4
Donald FoleyYelling Man
Patrick SheaMan #7
Joe StapletonMan #8
Dennis LemoineYoung Man
Lance NorrisMan #1
Joe WongMan #2
Collin KnightMan #3 (as Colin Knight)
Eric AndréMan #4 (as Eric Andre)
Gene AmorosoMan #5
Armen GaroMan #6
Dreama WalkerReceptionist
Brigid O’ConnorWoman #1
Christine MascottWoman #2
Ellen ColtonWoman #3
Layla HosseiniWoman #4
Erica NewhallWoman #5
Nydia CalonWoman #6
Hope FarleyWoman #7
Paul DonlonElderly #1
Mauriel GouldElderly #2
Mary KlugElderly #3
Rachel HarkerWoman in Business Suit
Brett CrampCrying Man
Toni SaladnaCocktail Waitress
Guy StraussPit Man
Nick TowneRoulette Dealer
Tate EllingtonWaiter #2
Luz Alexandra RamosChip Woman
Ken CheesemanShouting Man
David PittuTour Guide
Nada DespotovichNurse #2
Danielle PerryHostess in La Bonisera
Joseph Badalucco Jr.Blue Collar Guy (as Joe Badalucco)
Douglass Bowen FlynnTourist #1 (as Doug Bowen-Flynn)
Celeste OlivaSecretary
Jake WatkinsBully Kid
Valerie HagerTalking Head Woman
Alison QuinnTalking Head Woman
Mitchell RocheTalking Head Man
Jason AmherstStudio Tourist
Ellen Becker-GrayWoman Flirting with Mark
Loraine CalderonNurse-Nursing home
Shannon CarterSpeech Attendee
Chemi Che-MpondaPedestrian
Desiree April ConnollyFlirtatious Woman
Jeffrey CorazziniNews Photographer
Diane CurranApartment Crowd
Frank DurantSpeech Attendee
Weston EppMuseum Tour Guest
Susan FareseNurse #3
John FranchiCasino Gambler
Diane HallingWedding Guest
John David HartfieldHusband
Patrick Mel HayesFilm Editor
Arissa HillExtra
Haytham KandilDriver
Chris KosiavelonPedestrian
Lynn L’HeureuxPedestrian
Dan MarshallReporter
Mike MessierMuseum Tour Guest
Brian O’HaraPhotographer
Greg PaulCasino Guest
Robert SabinoMovie Patron
Sabe SchoenegCroupier
Vyvian B. StevensBank Customer

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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