The Invention of Lying (2009)
Written and Directed by: Ricky Gervais & Matthew Robinson
Starring: Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Jonah Hill, Louis C.K., Rob Lowe, Jeffrey Tambor, Tina Fey, Fionnula Flanagan
Synopsis: Mark Bellison (Gervais) lives in a world where everyone always tells the truth. After losing his job and being threatened with eviction by his landlord, Mark -- now in dire straits -- tells the first ever lie and discovers that by not telling the truth he can get just about anything he wants. But is this new found power really all it's cracked up to be, and will lying help win over the girl he loves (Garner)?
Okay, so this was pretty cute. The movie wasn't groundbreaking comedy or anything, but it was definitely fun. I enjoy Ricky Gervais' humor...his self-deprecating style and dry wit are just hilarious. I also thought the premise was interesting -- a world where nobody knows how to lie -- that's not really something I've seen before.
I think the best part of the movie (besides Ricky Gervais being his normal funny self) is the cast. There are a ton of great actors involved in this project, which I guess shouldn't be surprising since Gervais seems to have developed quite a few Hollywood friendships over the last few years. I never watched Alias, so I'm not really a follower of Jennifer Garner's work, but I do appreciate that she doesn't take her self too seriously and is willing to take on roles in movies like this one. Rob Lowe is fabulous as Mark's arrogant co-worker...he plays jerks so well.
If you plan on watching this movie, keep an eye out for all the cameos. They make the movie so much more fun. Watch for: Jason Bateman, John Hodgman, Stephanie March (Law & Order: SVU), Reuben Santiago-Hudson (Castle), Nathan Corddry, Jimmi Simpson (Philo Farnsworth! Yay!), Christopher Guest, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Edward Norton (Seriously, I almost didn't recognize Norton...it's the funniest cameo I've seen in years!).