Maybe I missed the point of this alleged parody or perhaps there is no point to it. I thought the film was simply drivel, and I found it hard to stay awake as it rolled on.
Why did I choose to see it? None of the newly-released movies appealed to me. I decided to see this picture, which has been out for several weeks, after reading a description of it in the Daily News. The reviewer, who gave it 3 ½ stars, wrote: "Ricky Gervais co-wrote, co-directed and stars in this Groundhog Day-like satire about a man who tells the first fib in a world where everyone only speaks the truth. Though the high-concept plot really only works in fists and starts, Gervais is always fun, the supporting cast is in the right groove and there's a gusty religious parody at the heart of it that's admirable." The Times critic Manohla Dargis described the film as "the makings of a classic." Ridiculous.
Following my Friday night Bloomberg radio program, from 6-7 p.m., 1130 on the a.m. dial., I rushed to the City Cinemas Village East theater on Second Avenue at 12th Street to make the 7:25 p.m. show. This old theater, where I have seen many good films, was long ago converted into a multiplex. You might rightfully ask why I'm spending so much time on matters unrelated to the film. The answer is that there is very little to say about this one-trick pony.