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The Invention of Lying

From Ricky Gervais, the award-winning creator and star of the original BBC series "The Office" and HBO's "Extras," comes the new romantic comedy "The Invention of Lying," which takes place in an alternate reality where lying--even the concept of a lie--does not exist. Everyone--from politicians to advertisers to the man and woman on the street--speaks the truth and nothing but the truth with no thought of the consequences. But when a down-on-his-luck loser named Mark suddenly develops the ability to lie, he finds that dishonesty has its rewards. In a world where every word is assumed to be the absolute truth, Mark easily lies his way to fame and fortune. But lies have a way of spreading, and Mark begins to realize that things are getting a little out of control when some of his tallest tales are being taken as, well, gospel. With the entire world now hanging on his every word, there is only one thing Mark has not been able to lie his way into: the heart of the woman he loves
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Dove Review

One cannot comprehend a world where no one tells a lie and everyone tells the truth even though it may be hurtful to others. Mark is a man who lives in such a world. Only the truth is uttered no matter if it is offensive or insulting, right down to a comment regarding how ugly a baby is or that your date doesn’t really want to go out with you because of your looks and stature.

With a line of well known actors parading throughout the film one would think that this is filled with hilarious scenes but, to me, this movie is definitely different to say the least. This film incorporates dry humor. In this comedy about telling the truth the film takes a nose-dive when it turns to rudeness and harsh words. Then we have to discuss the not-so-funny description of where one goes after death and the creation of “heaven” and the man in the sky, which results in an offensive description of religion.

I only have a few good remarks regarding this entire movie, and that is when it focuses on the importance of not telling a lie, that sometimes the truth is hurtful, and that marriage should not be based on how someone looks. Due to the over-the-top content in this film, it regrettably cannot receive our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

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Drunk driver pulled out of car by police officer and officer roughs up the driver.


Frank comments regarding personal sexual gratification and a woman's genital area; comments regarding being "horny"; comment regarding the end of the world in order to get sex; comments regarding sex outside of marriage; comments regarding touching a woman's breasts; cop remarks about being sexually aroused; a couple kiss.


F-1 and a partial; S-2, Pr*ck-1; slang word for breasts-2, Crap-1


Drunk driver pulled out of car by police officer and officer roughs up the driver.


Drinking throughout entire movie; one character is drunk and driving car; police officer remarks about having a cocaine addiction; man with pipe.


Cleavage; man is shirtless.


Man talks of being suicidal; telling lies; telling truth that is hurtful and insulting; reflection of God, Heaven, and religion made in an inappropriate manner; comment about being able "to smoke up there".

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