Deception is the Name of the Game

(Note: I originally wrote this short commentary review several yrs ago. It has been edited a few times since then. 2 years ago I posted this in another site and now I’m reposting it here.)

Ever thought how wonderful life would be if everyone would be honest with each other? Or do you prefer to hear lies so you won’t get hurt? Or, how do we become successful in life? Is it from deceiving other people? Then we are no better than the corrupt politicians we criticize for bad leadership and stealing our tax money.

How do we sell a product or service to someone? Is it by giving others false information and half truths or white lies?  Then we are no better than the husband who cheats on his wife and vice versa.

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Ever seen the movie The Invention of Lying? It is sarcasm at its best and shows how being terribly honest or truthful can really be painful in real life. It shows a world of no pretensions where it seems like there’s no niceties at all. Why? Because the characters live in a world where lying is unheard of while we on the other hand live in the world where lying and deceiving is prevalent and normal and actually “accepted.”

Yes we can deny all we want that we don’t live in a world where lies are accepted but I’ve noticed how it can be the norm. There will be times where you will be looked down upon if you are a nice and honest person, especially in a sales career. Ethical salesmanship is missing most of the time. You will be called naïve and probably stupid if you are truthful and honest, unless you live in a place where everyone is honest and truthful too.

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Only children are mostly given the right to be truthful and honest, but then even some kids are taught how to lie and cheat at a very young age. They learn how to be deceptive as they grow older much like how it was for us adults.

Everybody lies, I’ll admit that. Nobody can say they never lied at all; but what makes us deceive other people?

  • You are afraid of what they’ll say or do.
  • You don’t want to be judged.
  • You want to earn lots of money, and fast.
  • You want to “fit in” with other people because of your insecurities.
  • You think it is fun to lie and fool other people, it gives you false power over them.


Bottom line: We lie because we don’t want to be hurt or we want to feel “good” about ourselves. Also, if we get lied to we would still feel hurt eventually because we know what’s true so why bother with honesty since everybody lies eh?

Well, does it feel good to deceive others? Would it make you feel better when only you do it to others instead of someone else deceiving you? If it does, then there is something wrong with you.

What if one day we learn that even our religion is made up of lies or half truths because we could never handle the truth if it is laid out in front of us?

I guess we have been conditioned to lie ever since Adam and Eve was tempted by the snake. How would we get into heaven then, supposing there really is one, if deception is what we do every moment of our life? It seems like enlightenment is for the very few indeed.

Going back to the movie, I can say that it causes one to think about our morality. The Invention of Lying while meant to be funny also pokes fun at religion. Oh boy. This piece of work contains seeds of wisdom that we must discover on our own.

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The story is all about a man who is living in an honest world where nobody lies at all. Eventually he discovers how to lie and people believe whatever he says so he became rich and famous because of it! That would make him a corrupt politician, a playboy and/or a compulsive liar in the real world. Haha. Anyway, what happens further is up to you to find out when you watch the movie. Or okay I’ll tell you, he learns how lies can affect other people and himself too, in good and bad ways.

As for the actors, if you look at the poster farther up you will see it’s a stellar cast and most of them are comedians so expect they can deliver deadpan lines expertly. 

I was only able to watch this around 2014 but the film was actually released in 2009. I may seem kinda serious with this review and commentary but just watch the trailer below and have fun watching the movie if you haven’t seen it yet. Let us know what you think in the comments.

By the way, if I had to rate this movie from 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, I give this movie a 7.

To buy the movie online and watch it at home, you can also head on over to eBay for the best deals. 😀

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