Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Invention of Lying

Ricky Gervais directed a movie. He wrote it too. He asked people to be in it. Tina Fey. Ed Norton. Phil Seymor Hoffman. Louis C.K. Tina Fey. Jonah Hill. Jason Bateman. Jeffrey Tambor. Tina Fey. John Hodgman. Jimmi Simpson (McPoyle has the funniest part). Have I mentioned Tina Fey is in this? Well, she is. Martin Starr. Christopher Guest. Of course Stephen Merchant shows up with a pipe (second best part).

The farcical tale of a world void of the ability to lie. Ricky's character becomes the first. If this were made by an American it would be raunchy and zany. Luckily we're in better hands. But that is also its undoing. For such heady material, it is somewhat light on laughs. When they come they are pretty great, but they are somewhat far between.

As per my post yesterday, I'm more excited that this material is getting released than I am about the final product. There's nothing to dislike here, but that is split about evenly with what there is to like. When Ricky Gervais' career gets looked over long after his corpse is feeding daisies, this will be a minor entry.

Did you enjoy it?

Would you see it in theaters again?

Would you rent it?

Would you buy it?

Would you watch it if you saw it was on TV?


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