The Invention of Lying (2009) is a movie about a universe, much like our own, but people have the small inability to tell lies. This is where the story of Mark begins; a loser in his 30’s who loses his job as a screenwriter. When he basically hits rock bottom and tries to do a manual withdrawal from his account, something happens.
My first thought was that it is nothing like the trailer, which was almost entirely focused on the comedic parts of the movie. There was however a sad reality and this somehow reminded me of Hancock.
The writers have really gone all the way with the no lying part, as there are no white lies, and no being quiet instead of telling an inconvenient truth about someone. There is naturally no religion either, which means that religious people may have some difficulty enjoying this movie, since it points right to the core of why religions may have started long ago — to “save” people from the fear of life and death.
Score: 7/10 (Good)