In The Invention of Lying, Mark and Anna went to a hotel,

In this scene the bartender does not agree with Mark:

Mark: They look fine to me.

Bartender: Well, you're stupid.

See here the bartender should reply "Yes, to me also" because of Mark's Fantasy Power, but he replies with "Well, you're stupid." Why?

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Mark is stating an opinion, not lying about a fact. So, the bartender disagrees with his opinion, and shares one of his own.

Mark's power is just to lie, and people there just take it at face value.

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    To add to this, if Mark had said 'They are fine', then the Bartender would have agreed. 'They look fine' is giving an opinion, 'They are fine' is stating a fact/lie.
    – SGR
    Commented Mar 28, 2017 at 12:22

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