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Monday, February 22, 2010

The Invention of Lying - 2009 - Dir. Gervais/Robinson

If there's anything good to come out of having Movie Stars and their ilk, it's cameos. Need proof? Watch Invention of Lying, the best parts are the ones with the MOST famouse people in them, and Jason Bateman. I mean, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Edward Norton KICK IT in this movie. All right, that's not entirely fair. But they are a source of amusement. Anyway, so Invention of Lying is pretty standard. Maybe assembled a little... less fluid than many others. The film feels long. It also is structured pretty strangely, takes on too many things at once. So it does a kind of an okay job with all things. Which seems to also be about how hard the damn thing is trying. Nothing is riotous about the movie. Ricky Gervais is all right. At worst, Gervais always seems to be at least watchable or WITH Greg Kinnear. The movie really does become cock-eyed somewhere halfway through. It loses whatever steam it was trying to build up and leaves us to care about whether or not Gervais gets with Gardner, which is not exactly the most interesting relationship going on, especially since Gardner can't lie and her opinion of Gervais never moves too much from middling, and Gervais is so clearly and unobtrusively infatuated with her that it lacks too much interest or tension. Rob Lowe also has hair in the movie. It's great.
Bateman is delivering the news that Ricky's Grandma will be ALL RIGHT!!!

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