If your weekend plans include taking in a movie, be sure to read the fine print. Perhaps you've already seen the commercials and trailers for The Invention of Lying, a Warner Bros. film written by and starring avowed atheist Ricky Gervais. What you probably haven't seen is any sign of the film's real message, which, according to a USCCB review, is a blasphemous attack on God and an insult to people of faith.
"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," writes John Mulderig of the USCCB's Office of Film & Broadcasting.Mulderig gave the film an O rating -- morally offensive -- due to "pervasive blasphemy, some sexual humor and references, and a few rough and crude terms." Read his full review by clicking HERE.
"...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."