The Invention of Lying

October 2nd 2009
  • Comedy/Romance,
  • PG-13,
  • 100 min,
  • Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Cast: Ricky Gervais, Jason Bateman, Jennifer Garner, Jonah Hill, Tina Fey, Martin Starr, Rob Lowe, Christopher Guest, Jeffrey Tambor, Jimmi Simpson, Stephanie March, Louis C.K., Fionnula Flanagan, John Hodgman, Stephen Merchant, Nathan Corddry, Ashlie Atkinson, Shaun Williamson, Karl Pilkington, Lisa Gerber
  • Directors: Ricky Gervais, Matt Robinson
  • Writers: Ricky Gervais, Matt Robinson
  • Producers: Ricky Gervais, Dan Lin, Lynda Obst, Oly Obst
  • Associate Producers: Rachel Abarbanell, Max Keene
  • Executive Producers: Sue Baden-Powell, Terry Dougas, Ted Field, Paris Kasidokostas Latsis
  • Art Direction: Priscilla Elliott
  • Castings: Lynn Kressel, Francine Maisler
  • Costume Design: Susie DeSanto
  • D.O.P.: Tim Suhrstedt
  • Editor: Chris Gill
  • Makeup: Maryann Marchetti
  • Music: Tim Atack
  • Production Design: Alec Hammond
  • Set Decoration: Kathleen Rosen


From Ricky Gervais, the award-winning creator and star of the original BBC series "The Office" and HBO's "Extras," comes the new romantic comedy "The Invention of Lying," which takes place in an alternate reality where lying--even the concept of a lie--does not exist. Everyone--from politicians to advertisers to the man and woman on the street--speaks the truth and nothing but the truth with no thought of the consequences. But when a down-on-his-luck loser named Mark suddenly develops the ability to lie, he finds that dishonesty has its rewards. In a world where every word is assumed to be the absolute truth, Mark easily lies his way to fame and fortune. But lies have a way of spreading, and Mark begins to realize that things are getting a little out of control when some of his tallest tales are being taken as, well, gospel. With the entire world now hanging on his every word, there is only one thing Mark has not been able to lie his way into: the heart of the woman he loves.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: Boston, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Language including some sexual material and a drug reference
  • Production Budget: $4 million
  • Production Companies: Lin Pictures, Lynda Obst Productions, Media Rights Capital, Radar Pictures, Wintergreen Productions
  • Production Schedule: 14 April 2008 - June 2008

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Formerly titled "This Side of the Truth".

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 2 October 2009: UK
  • 26 November 2009: Australia
  • 17 March 2010: France