Alphabet Movies: i don’t believe you

March 5, 2010

F; Fargo

P; Post Grad

C; Cesky Sen (Czech Dream)

B; (The) Business of Being Born

#; 17 Again

I; (The) Invention of Lying

am i cheating with this title? yes. but T is such a prime letter that i don’t want to waste it.

I’m a huge Ricky Gervais fan. almost more so a Stephen Merchant fan, but they’re a fantastic duo. and Stephen’s like 7 feet tall, so that’s adorable. he’s brilliant in Extras. that’s all.

so as a “huge fan” you would think that i would have seen this movie in theatres. not so, as i have no friends, hence no one to go to the movies with. i’m sure i’ve written about the merits and joys of solo movie viewing, but idk for some reason it feels weird doing it in this area. mainly because all of the theatres here suck. they’re terrible. i feel skeevy in them.

i told some friends that i just rented this movie and they said i would be disappointed. i said, “oh i don’t know, i really love Ricky.” well, they were right.

i loved the premise, that no one has ever lied before and this guy invents it! sounds exciting. now the problem is that these people tell the truth unnecessarily… as in, no one would EVER say “oh hey i was masturbating when you rang the doorbell, but come on in” even if they were capable of lying. it’s more like these people had no inner “keep that thought to yourself” button. it’s not lying if you don’t tell the person you were just having a Spice Girls sing-along before they called, you just don’t say anything unless they ask. i certainly don’t walk into a room and ask my mom what she’s reading on the internet every time i see her. although i can answer it for you: something about DWTS, David Cook, or Apolo Anton Ohno. she knows what she likes.

so anyway Ricky (i forget his character’s name. Tom? meh who cares) suddenly gets a thought in his head that he can say whatever he wants! so he steals money from the bank by telling them they made an account error, etc. and then he gets famous for hearing “the man in the sky’s” thoughts after he tells his mom what heaven will be like.

i’m a fan of the actors in the film, and i did appreciate a lot of the jokes, but all of the unnecessary blurting of thoughts kind of killed it. and come on, how weird was it hearing Jennifer Garner say masturbate? she seems like such a cute puppy to me.

on that note, Cemetery Junction looks insanely good. so wtg boys! i will see that one in theatres.


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