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How long has it been since you had a good long laugh? This movie is not even just about rolling on the ground with laughter until you cry. It surprises you and moves to a deeper level involving life, death, and the choices we make.
Mark Bellison, played by Ricky Gervais, lives in a world in which the act of lying has never evolved. Everyone goes about their day saying anything and everything with brutal honesty. Imagine a young mother proudly showing off her newborn infant to have someone reply, “Your baby is so ugly, it’s like a little rat!” as a few people nod there heads in agreement. The main character Mark is simply a fat loser (as people keep reminding him) who is about to lose his job, have his mother die, and be evicted from his apartment. Top it off with a hot date, played by Jennifer Garner as the leading lady Anna, who immediately informs him that she’s not looking forward to tonight at all and that he’s way out of her league. She only agreed to the date because her and her mother are afraid she will wind up old and alone. Mark is about to lose it all when he learns to lie. In a world where no one lies, he can say or do anything he pleases. Suddenly, life is hopeful. Mark helps himself and harnesses the opportunity to use his power for good. Of course in the grand scheme of things some of his lies quickly become public and toss him into the spotlight as hoards of people confront him.
That’s all I will tell you! This movie has an unforgettable cast of characters including Tina Fey (as the ungrateful assistant), Edward Norton (enthusiastic cop), Phillip Seymore Hoffman (not so bright bartender), Rob Lowe (arch nemesis) and many more.
I will leave you with this scene in mind: one of the many hilarious parts of the movie is when Anna is having dinner and her mother calls to check on her date. She answers as sizes up Mark from across the table, “No, he’s not attractive at all. Nope, I’m definitely not going to sleep with him. Probably not even a kiss.”
It is brilliantly unique, funny beyond all reason, and tugs of the deeper meanings of what we do and want from this life. Drop what you’re doing and go get it right now!
*Tiny side note: The movie does have some humorous undertones involving religion. Depending on who you are that may or may not be ok. Something to think about.