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Common Sense Media reviews The Invention of Lying for kids and families.
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.
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Set in the world of New York City's elite private kindergartens, THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST centers on a fresh-faced young couple from Delaware, Jeff (Neil Patrick Harris) and Samantha (Bonnie Somerville), who have only recently moved into town. The comedy centers on the extreme lengths they must go to in order to get their five-year-old daughter into school.
When the obstacles in this high-stakes world become apparent, Jeff tells Sam that he'd rather just throw in the towel and move back home. But Sam harbors a strong ambitious streak. Deep down she yearns for something more than her small-town provincial life. She wants to take one last shot at her dream of a life among the best and brightest. Like Dustin Hoffman's character in TOOTSIE, Sam's stubborn determination is the engine of the movie.
Every private school in the city informs Sam that she's simply too late to apply for a kindergarten spot this fall. But Sam will not be denied. She begs Jeff to hire a "consultant" to find a crack in the system.
The oddball consultant Sue Lemon (Amy Sedaris) does precisely that, and Sam and Jeff are granted a rare interview at the posh Coventry Day School.
But the interview comes at a cost. The only way Sue is able to arrange it is by telling the headmistress (Jenna Stern) a critical lie: that Jeff is a renowned poet, instead of the humdrum computer programmer he is in real life. Jeff wants no part of this fabrication, but yet again Sam talks him into going along with it.
Keeping this ridiculous lie aloft is the main action of the movie, as Sam and Jeff are forced to prove their poetic bona fides not only to the school's headmistress but to the entire school board (played by Christopher McDonald, Kate Mulgrew, and John Hodgman). Soon Sam and Jeff are thrust upon the most elite stages of Upper East Side society, not on the strength of their character but on the back of an absurd charade.
By the end of the movie, Sam is forced to choose between living the life she has dreamed of - but lying in order to do so - or going back to Delaware as herself. This decision leads to an explosive and hilarious climax in front of an audience of New York City's best and brightest.
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Coraline Jones (Dakota Fanning) is bored in her new home until she finds a secret door and discovers an alternate version of her life on the other side. On the surface, this parallel reality is eerily similar to her real life and the people in it only much better. But when this seemingly perfect world turns dangerous, and her other parents (including her Other Mother voiced by Teri Hatcher) try to trap her forever, Coraline must count on her resourcefulness, determination and bravery to escape this increasingly perilous world and save her family.
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