History Film / TheInventionOfLying

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".
17th Sep '14 7:01:56 AM paranoia222
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* DarwinistDesire: Marriage is based only on the perceived genetic fitness of a potential mate. The romantic interest is struggling with picking between this trope and her love of the protagonist.

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* DarwinistDesire: Marriage is based only on the perceived genetic fitness of a potential mate. The romantic interest is struggling with picking between this trope and her love of the protagonist. protagonist.
** The ability to lie in a world where people only tell the truth is actually a pretty amazing advantage. [[spoiler: And the ending shows his kid has the same ability, so he probably ''is'' the "fitter" choice]]
29th Jul '14 11:18:45 AM Antigone3
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* BleakAbyssRetirementHome: "A Sad Place for Hopeless Old People".
23rd May '14 3:48:02 PM BadSplice
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''The Invention of Lying'' is a 2009 movie written, produced, directed, and starring Creator/RickyGervais. It takes place [[InAWorld in a world]] that has no concept of fiction, philosophy, hypothesis or deceit. In a world of brutal honesty we find our protagonist, Mark Bellison, at the end of a particularly terrible day. When these events finally come to a close, he's lost his job, flat broke and facing certain eviction from his apartment. Then when all seems hopeless, he's struck by the finest EurekaMoment in recorded history. Mark becomes the first person to come up with the idea of intentional deception. HilarityEnsues.

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''The Invention of Lying'' is a 2009 movie written, produced, directed, and starring Creator/RickyGervais. It takes place [[InAWorld in a world]] that has no concept of fiction, philosophy, hypothesis or deceit. In a world of brutal honesty we find our protagonist, Mark Bellison, at the end of a particularly terrible day. When these events finally come to a close, he's lost his job, flat broke and facing certain eviction from his apartment. Then when all seems hopeless, he's struck by the finest EurekaMoment in recorded history. Mark becomes the first person to come up with the idea of intentional deception. HilarityEnsues. \n [[FirstLawOfTragicomedies At first.]]



* CrapsackWorld

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* CrapsackWorldCrapsaccharineWorld



* 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.



* NeverTrustATrailer: The trailers highlighted the concept and some of the hijinks, while completely ignoring the religion-heavy dramatic second half.



** "Pepsi: When they don't have Coke."

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** "Pepsi: [[TakeThat When they don't have Coke.Coke]]."


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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".
20th Apr '14 10:54:52 PM spongeboy1985
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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 completely snowballing from there with Mark making it up as he goes. On the other hand it's presented as a good thing that give 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 as a made up lie by Mark originally as a way to comfort his dying mother 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 give gives people hope hope, even though its basis is a complete fabrication.
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