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The Invention of Lying (2009) Poster

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Character error 

Even though Anna can't lie, on her date with Mark she fakes a smile a couple of times.
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Just because you can't lie doesn't mean you have to express what you're thinking all the time, which some people in the movie do.
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Continuity 

When Greg and Mark are being pulled over by the motorcycle cop, the rearward shot clearly shows that they are on a 4 lane street with buildings on each side, and he stops in the left lane near the center line. But in the remainder of the scene they are stopped in the right lane of a long bridge. Also, the lights on the police motorcycle are still flashing as the officer walks up to confront the driver of the car. Later in the scene, the lights on the motorcycle are not on anymore.
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When the Blonde lies on the bed in the hotel room, where Mark has brought her, we see her belt unbuckled and stretched out on each side of her. In the very next shot, it is buckled again.
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When Mark exits his car when the mob is formed around his house; his seat belt automatically moves up the side of the car, but in the next shot he exits the car without trouble and his seat belt is in the original down position as it would be when he is driving.
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In the bar scene, there is a full glass of beer in front of Mark. When the camera cuts to the bartender then back to Mark, his beer glass is near empty, now accompanied by several empty shot glasses.
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When Anna and Brad toast in the restaurant, Anna's glass is on the table in the foreground of shots of Brad while she is holding the glass in her hand.
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In the funeral parlor, Anna takes Mark's hand, and the position of her other hand changes between shots. Before, her free hand is beside her leg. After, her free hand is on top of her leg.
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During Anna's first date with Mark, as she's talking with her mother on her cell phone, her phone jumps from her left to right hand and then back again.
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During Anna's first date with Mark, the waiter brings her a margarita and mentions he had a sip from it. The glass is about half full. In the next shot with the margarita it is almost completely full.
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The establishing shot for the motel where Mark brings the Blonde (Stephanie March) shows a one-story building with red doors, but when he leaves, the door is black and numbered "222".
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

John Hodgman, as the "Wedding Overseer" looks to be wearing a crucifix. However, upon close examination, it is actually a likeness of Mark holding the "two pizza boxes", matching the image behind the "Wedding Overseer".
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Although lying does not exist, it is obvious that crime does, given Mark's father's depicted history as being a burglar. The policeman is able to commit and continue committing the act of taking a bribe, so long as he is not questioned about whether or not he is doing so by a superior or a fellow officer, as then and only then he would be in a position where he would have to tell the truth.
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When the policeman pulls Greg out of the car, you can see that the car is equipped with automatic seat belts, and at no point can you see that the lap belt is buckled. Therefore Greg could be easily pulled out of the car as the shoulder belt retracts, which is shown when the door opens.
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Plot holes 

Although this world has no concept of imagination, religion or gods, Mark refers in his fiction to the planet "Mars," and everyone is already familiar with this name. Mars is named for the Roman god of war who would have never been made up in the movie's world. The planet would have been called something unimaginative like "Red Planet" or "4th Planet."
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The world depicted in the movie uses the same dating system as we do (1300s, 1812, etc.), when referring to events such as the Black Plague and Napoléon Bonaparte. But since there is no concept of God, and therefore no Jesus Christ, what are the years counting from?
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In an alternate world where lying and religion were never invented, the Black Plague and the career of Napoléon Bonaparte happened in exactly the same way as in our history. This is impossible, as both series of unfortunate events were inextricably intertwined with matters involving lying and religion.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Mark is trying to withdraw his money from the bank and system is on again, the bank teller says she can now access his account, but you can clearly see on her screen that she has already been looking at it.
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