"I don't believe he's leading man material, he's better placed in small bursts"
The Invention of Lying is mediocre at best. It has an interesting premise and clever moments with the advertising but overall I felt it was poorly executed.
Ricky Gervais and Jennifer Garner have great chemistry onscreen but I don't believe he's leading man material, he's better placed in small bursts. I didn't find the film laugh out loud funny, there were some chuckles at most.
The support cast do well, notably the well placed cameo from Tina Fey and Rob Lowe stands out as a complete jack ass in the film, he plays basically the polar opposite to Gervais, he's rich, successful and hung up on looks and genetic compatibility.
There is a pivotal emotional scene that really stands out but after that the plot gets silly and seemingly drags out to an anticlimactic end. A big grin for the fans but two thumbs down for those who are just tired of Gervais' ambitions.
All in all it's not as good as it could have been.