History Film / TheInventionOfLying

19th Apr '17 11:45:35 PM spyglass
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* PlotTumor: Once religion is brought into the plot it takes over the remainder of the movie.
28th Jan '17 9:49:31 PM Yozzy
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* CannotTellALie: ''Everyone''. It gets to the point where nobody has any imagination. The closest thing to a movie is some guy in a chair reading about history.

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* CannotTellALie: ''Everyone''. It gets to the point where nobody has any imagination. The closest thing to a movie is some guy in a chair reading about history. The fact that Mark can actually give false information is something his friends have trouble grasping, to the point that he gives up a few minutes after trying to explain.



* CreativeSterility: In a world without lies, fiction doesn't exist, thus movies consist of people recounting historical events. Mark creates the first fictional story about aliens, and then a second one about a talking duck. They become the highest grossing films in history.

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* CreativeSterility: In a world without lies, fiction doesn't many things just don't exist, thus all movies consist of people are documentaries recounting historical events. fact and history since they have nowhere else to go, creatively speaking. Mark discovers his ability to lie when he accidentally creates the first fictional story concept of fraud to avoid becoming destitue. Then, he invents fiction by returning to his job as a film maker having "found" an incredibly emotional tale about aliens, and then a second one about a talking duck. They become the highest grossing films in history.
9th Dec '16 8:18:43 AM Anddrix
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* FirstLawOfTragicomedies: One of the more notorious examples in recent history. For the first half, it's the wacky hijinks of a man lying and everyone accepting it. [[spoiler: Then Mark's mom dies]] and it becomes a serious deconstruction of religion, love and blind worship.

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* FirstLawOfTragicomedies: One of the more notorious examples in recent history. For the first half, it's the wacky hijinks of a man lying and everyone accepting it. [[spoiler: Then Mark's mom dies]] and it becomes a serious deconstruction of religion, love and blind worship.



* HilarityEnsues: At least for the first half, see FirstLawOfTragicomedies and HalfwayPlotSwitch above.

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%% * HilarityEnsues: At least for the first half, see FirstLawOfTragicomedies and HalfwayPlotSwitch above.



* RunningGag: Mark being called a "snub-nosed fat man". However, the joke is so constant and mean-spirited that it turned off a lot of critics like Creator/NathanRabin, who reviewed it for "My Year of Flops". It's telling when the film was just barely considered a "Secret Success".

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* RunningGag: Mark being called a "snub-nosed fat man". However, the joke is so constant and mean-spirited that it turned off a lot of critics like Creator/NathanRabin, who reviewed it for "My Year of Flops". It's telling when the film was just barely considered a "Secret Success".
5th Nov '16 9:21:18 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* BrutalHonesty

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* BrutalHonestyBrutalHonesty: Absolutely every method of withholding the truth is alien to this world. That includes lying, omitting the truth, telling only part of the truth, and being at all tactful.
26th Jul '15 1:13:05 PM redandready45
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* CreativeSterility: In a world without lies, fiction doesn't exist, thus movies consist of people recounting historical events. Mark creates the first fictional story about aliens, and then a second one about a talking duck. They become the highest grossing films in history.
3rd Jun '15 7:01:10 AM NOYB
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* AffectionateParody / DeconstructiveParody: Manages to do both types of parodies to religion (particularly christianity). On one hand it presents religion as a made up lie by Mark originally as a way to comfort his dying mother, then completely snowballing from there with Mark making it up as he goes. On the other hand it's presented as a good thing that gives people hope, even though its basis is a complete fabrication.

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* AffectionateParody / DeconstructiveParody: Manages to do both types of parodies to religion (particularly christianity).Christianity). On one hand it presents religion as a made up lie by Mark originally as a way to comfort his dying mother, then completely snowballing from there with Mark making it up as he goes. On the other hand it's presented as a good thing that gives people hope, even though its basis is a complete fabrication.
10th May '15 10:46:55 PM gyorokpeter1
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* AffectionateParody / DeconstructiveParody: Manages to do both types of parodies to religion (particularly christianity). On one hand it presents region as a made up lie by Mark originally as a way to comfort his dying mother, then completely snowballing from there with Mark making it up as he goes. On the other hand it's presented as a good thing that gives people hope, even though its basis is a complete fabrication.

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* AffectionateParody / DeconstructiveParody: Manages to do both types of parodies to religion (particularly christianity). On one hand it presents region religion as a made up lie by Mark originally as a way to comfort his dying mother, then completely snowballing from there with Mark making it up as he goes. On the other hand it's presented as a good thing that gives people hope, even though its basis is a complete fabrication.
16th Apr '15 11:31:24 AM Arha
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* SuperGullible: No one has ever heard a lie before, so lines like "I'm not here" and "we have to have sex right now or else the world will end" are taken at face value.
16th Dec '14 11:00:58 AM TheUnsquished
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* DeletedScene: The DVD shows us the original opening with the cast as cave people. Cave!Mark tells the first lie, saying he slew a giant predator, which makes him popular with the ladies and he passes the ability to lie on to future generations. Then we see [[ForWantOfANail the world as it becomes if he doesn't lie]], leading to the present as it appears in the film.
1st Dec '14 10:52:39 AM Odd1
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* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: An old folks' home is emblazoned with "A Sad Place for Hopeless Old People" while the church which appears late in the movie is "A Quiet Place to Think About the Man in the Sky".

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* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Most of the buildings and public works seem to have been named in this way. An old folks' home is emblazoned with "A Sad Place for Hopeless Old People" while the church which appears late in the movie is "A Quiet Place to Think About the Man in the Sky".
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