United States Conference Of Catholic Bishops Review Of Invention Of Lying

United States Conference Of Catholic Bishops Review Of Invention Of Lying October 4, 2009

makes the film sound must-see:

The fashionable “new atheism” — popularized in book form by such authors as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens — unexpectedly slithers its way into the neighborhood cineplex with the arrival of “The Invention of Lying” (Warner Bros.).

Though its trailer gives no clue as to its true agenda, this venomous supposed comedy is set in a world where lying is unknown and every word spoken is accepted as truth and where — not accidentally, the screenplay implies — God does not exist. Until, that is, failed documentary screenwriter and all-around loser Mark Bellison (Ricky Gervais) spontaneously discovers the ability to deceive.

Gervais, who co-wrote and co-directed with Matthew Robinson, launches an all-out, sneering assault on the foundations of religious faith such as has seldom if ever been seen in a mainstream film, despicably belittling core Judeo-Christian beliefs. Not only Catholics but believers of every stripe and, indeed, people of good will generally will be well-advised to shun this calculated cinematic insult.

The film contains pervasive blasphemy, some sexual humor and references, and a few rough and crude terms. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O — morally offensive.

It sounds like everything I hoped it would be!

HT: Secular Planet (who gave the film a 9/10)

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