I couldn’t stop laughing as I watched The Invention of Lying for the first time last night.

Starring Ricky Gervais and Jennifer Garner (not to mention Jonah Hill, Tina Fey and Rob Lowe), the film is set in a world where there is no such thing as a lie. Everyone tells the absolute truth of what they are thinking and gives their real opinion, no matter how harsh it may be. This poses a problem for down-and-out Mark Bellison (played by Gervais), who feels even more inadequate after meeting the beautiful Anna McDoogles (played by Garner).

Jennifer Garner was particularly charming in this role. A successful business woman in the dating world, her character is both sweet and extremely sensible. Though a kind person, she has the same shallow thoughts that many of us do when it comes to viewing others. Her main struggle is to learn to look beyond “appearances” in order to find true happiness.

I definitely recommend this film, which though a comedy, has plenty of down-to-earth tender moments and makes you think twice about writing someone off based on first impressions.