The Invention of Lying
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The Invention of Lying

100 min
Comedy | Fantasy
IMDB rate:
Ricky Gervais
1 nomination
Country: USA
Release Date: 2009-10-02
Filming Locations: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Budget: $18,500,000
Opening Weekend: $7,027,472 (USA) (4 October 2009)
Gross: $18,439,082 (USA) (13 December 2009)
Jennifer Garner
Jennifer Garner
The Invention of Lying
Ricky Gervais
Mark Bellison
Jonah Hill
Louis C.K.
Jeffrey Tambor
Fionnula Flanagan
Martha Bellison
Rob Lowe
Brad Kessler
Tina Fey
Donna Sorbello
Anna's Mother
Stephanie March
Ruben Santiago-Hudson
John Hodgman
Wedding Overseer
Nate Corddry
News Reporter
Jimmi Simpson
Martin Starr
Waiter #1
Jason Bateman
Christopher Guest
Nathan Goldfrappe
Alton Fitzgerald White
Angelo Badsmith
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Jim the Bartender
Edward Norton
Roz Ryan
Nurse #1
Michael Patrick Gough
Homeless Man
Arnie Burton
Waiter at Fancy Restaurant
Ashlie Atkinson
Bank Teller
Bobby Moynihan
Shaun Williamson
Richard Bellison
Stephen Merchant
Man at the Door
Cole Jensen
Short Fat Brian
Conner Rayburn
Lisa Paige Robinson
Arguing Girlfriend
Matt Stadelmann
Arguing Boyfriend
Jared Voss
Person #1 (as Jared Vos)
Jessica Baade
Person #2
Elena Wohl
Person #3
Matthew Robinson
Person #4
Donald Foley
Yelling Man
Patrick Shea
Man #7
Joe Stapleton
Man #8
Dennis Lemoine
Young Man
Lance Norris
Man #1
Joe Wong
Man #2
Collin Knight
Man #3 (as Colin Knight)
Eric André
Man #4 (as Eric Andre)
Gene Amoroso
Man #5
Armen Garo
Man #6
Dreama Walker
Brigid O'Connor
Woman #1
Christine Mascott
Woman #2
Ellen Colton
Woman #3
Layla Hosseini
Woman #4
Erica Newhall
Woman #5
Nydia Calon
Woman #6
Hope Farley
Woman #7
Paul Donlon
Elderly #1
Mauriel Gould
Elderly #2
Mary Klug
Elderly #3
Rachel Harker
Woman in Business Suit
Brett Cramp
Crying Man
Toni Saladna
Cocktail Waitress
Guy Strauss
Pit Man
Nick Towne
Roulette Dealer
Tate Ellington
Waiter #2
Luz Alexandra Ramos
Chip Woman
Ken Cheeseman
Shouting Man
David Pittu
Tour Guide
Nada Despotovich
Nurse #2
Danielle Perry
Hostess in La Bonisera
Joseph Badalucco Jr.
Blue Collar Guy
Douglass Bowen Flynn
Tourist #1 (as Doug Bowen-Flynn)
Celeste Oliva
Jake Watkins
Bully Kid
Valerie Hager
Talking Head Woman
Alison Quinn
Talking Head Woman
Mitchell Roche
Talking Head Man
Ellen Becker-Gray
Woman Flirting with Mark
Shannon Carter
Speech Attendee
Chemi Che-Mponda
Pedestrian (uncredited)
Desiree April Connolly
Flirtatious Woman
Jeffrey Corazzini
News Photographer
Diane Curran
Apartment Crowd
Susan Farese
Nurse #3
Victor Franko
Speech Attendee
Diane Halling
Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Patrick Mel Hayes
Film Editor
Arissa Hill
Extra (uncredited)
Haytham Kandil
Lynn L'Heureux
Pedestrian (uncredited)
Dan Marshall
Brian O'Hara
Greg Paul
Casino Guest (uncredited)
Sabe Schoeneg
Vyvian B. Stevens
Bank Customer
Marc Vos
Church Congregation Member
Did you know?
When trying to secure Philip Seymour Hoffman for his cameo his agent claimed he was too busy so Ricky Gervais requested his email address and sent him the following: "Dear Philip, will you please appear in my new film? There is very little money involved as I spent the budget on testicular implants, but don't look upon them as my testicles, look at them as our testicles." Phillip Seymour Hoffman couldn't refuse after that.
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Director, writer and actor Ricky Gervais sponsored an online Photoshop contest related to the movie theme by asking contestants to edit known movie posters as if those posters were usually lying to the audience.
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The wedding chapel at the end of the movie is located in Sudbury, Massachusetts, west of the Wayside Inn. The Martha-Mary Chapel was built by Henry Ford in 1938-9, also visible outside the chapel is the red schoolhouse made famous by Mary Sawyer, who had a lamb follow her to school.
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In the bar scene, there is a full glass of beer in front of Mark. When the camera cuts to the bartender then back to Mark, his beer glass is near empty, now accompanied by several empty shot glasses.
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During Anna's first date with Mark, the waiter brings her a margarita and mentions he had a sip from it. The glass is about half full. In the next shot with the margarita it is almost completely full.
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Even though Anna can't lie, on her date with Mark she fakes a smile a couple of times.
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Anna McDoogles: You're smart. You're kind. You're the sweetest man I've ever met. You are... You are definitely the most-interesting person I know. And you are fun to be with. And you see the world in a way that nobody else sees the world, and I like the way you see the world. You're my best friend. You make me happier than anyone I've ever known. And I love you.
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Bob: Hi, I'm Bob I'm the spokesperson for the Coca-Cola company. I'm here today to ask you to continue buying coke. Sure it's a drink you've been drinking for years, and if you still enjoy it, I'd like to remind you to buy it again sometime soon. It's basically just brown sugar water, we haven't changed the ingredients much lately, so there's nothing new I can tell you about that. We changed the can around a little bit though. See, the colors here are different there, and we added a polar bear so the kids like us. Coke is very high in sugar and like any high calorie soda it can lead to obesity in children and adults who don't sustain a very healthy diet. So that's it, it's coke. It's very famous, everyone knows it. I'm Bob, I work for coke, and I'm asking you to not stop buying coke. That's all.It's a bit sweet. Thank you.
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Brad Kessler: We both know that one day you're going to lose your looks.
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How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for The Invention of Lying can be found here.
A Note Regarding Spoilers
The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.
Is "The Invention of Lying" based on a book?
No. The Invention of Lying was co-written by Matthew Robinson and English comedian Ricky Gervais, who also directs, narrates, and stars in the movie.
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Photos from cast
Jennifer Garner