The Invention of Lying

Movie review by Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media
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age 15+

Gervais' irreverent fable isn't meant for kids.

PG-13 2009 100 minutes

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Funny premise, but shallow characters and no payoff.

The premise is interesting, but the main characters are very shallow. It was unbelievable that Gervais' character could fall in love with someone as despicable and shallow as Jennifer Garner's character, who continues to call him fat and ugly to his face all the way to the end. And that's not to mention the atheist message that overshadows the end of the movie. I was looking forward to this due to the lead actors, but was very disappointed in the end.

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