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cultural vandal | by maryann johanson

trailer break: ‘The Invention of Lying’

Take a break from work: watch a trailer…

Oh, what to make of this. Will it be funny? The trailer’s kinda funny. (Does it give away all the best jokes? Please, let that not be the case.) Will it be an awkward and uncomfortable movie-length rant about how “nice guys” never get the hot girls, with a bit of revenge fantasy thrown in? Because it looks like it could be that. Or it looks like it could be a satire on how men take advantage of women. Or on how women take advantage of men.

No, it’ll be about men, one way or another. Otherwise, the trailer would feature a less than gorgeous, frumpy schlub of a woman walking around and telling handsome men, “I’m a totally hot babe,” and they’d believe her. So it’s not so much of a fantasy — or a satire — as all that.

The Invention of Lying opens in the U.S. and the U.K. on October 2.

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