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​An Australian Creative Director and Strategist fumbles through life in America. Live from New York.

An Australian Creative Director and Strategist fumbles through life New York City.

Entertaining Myself (Part Four).

Continuing a favourite pastime here at DonkeyFire (for me, anyway), I bring you part four of Entertaining Myself, where I write a drivel-laden review of a film I’ve watched, and you lap it up like pop-culture Labradors, greedily feasting on my prose and opinions.

This time around, we have the Ricky Gervais comedy ‘The Invention of Lying’*, a thoroughly ‘meh’ inspiring comedy chock full of awkwardness, sub-par (possibly rushed?) scriptwriting, a mixture of bad and average performances and one of the most talented (and chronically underutilized) casts in recent memory.

The premise is cool: Gervais plays a bumbling but mostly likeable nobody (surprise, surprise) who lives in a world where lying has never been invented: everyone is honest all the time, about absolutely everything. As he slowly realises his life is going nowhere, he unintentionally invents lying (and then later, to a certain extent, religion), changing the course of his life forever. And to be honest, Gervais isn’t bad: in fact, one scene in particular was quite moving, showcasing his ability to hit some dramatic high notes.

I like Gervais, a lot: in fact, I think he’s a comic genius. However, his film falls flat for a number of reasons. Firstly, there are enormous plot holes: I get that no one lies, but that doesn’t mean everyone needs to verbalize their every thought (for example). Secondly, Gervais character is hard to sympathise with, what with him being a knowing fraud and all. Thirdly, the script doesn’t live up the premise: as I mentioned, an incredible cast (including Louis C.K. as his best friend, Rob Lowe, Jonah Hill, Tina Fey and cameos by Edward Norton and Philip Seymour Hoffman) can’t save a slow and ultimate dull film, and I feel this is the fault of a rushed and unpolished script.

But one thing really ruined this film for me, and I think it’s high time I addressed Hollywood on this point: JENNIFER GARNER IS FUCKING TERRIBLE. Seriously, she is unfunny, angular, oddly manish and completely unlikeable in every film I’ve ever seen her in. Please Jen (can I call you Jen?) stop raping celluloid and go back to being a tall, boring woman already. You’re married to Ben Affleck, so i’m sure…ahhh…you can rest on that laurel. YOU GOT AFFLECK. GOOOOOOOOOOOOD FOR YOU. Urgh. She really is terrible - she is the female Ashton Kutcher.

2.5 untalented actresses out of a possible 6.

*At some point, I will review a non-fiction film I like. I hope.