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Liar Liar

A 1997 movie directed by Tom Shadyac

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Carrey Really Hits Home

  • Oct 9, 2000
Pros: Great casting; cute script; great job all-around

Cons: Justin Cooper could make the Olsen twins into the Olsen triplets

Ever since The Truman Show, I have viewed Jim Carrey in a completely different light. The actor I used to think was obnoxious and annoying actually has a softer side that truly appeals to the heart. The Truman Show won me over in a big way; Liar, Liar pushed me over the top.

In this heart-felt family movie, Carrey plays Fletcher Reede, a fast talking lawyer who has no qualms about lying to anyone, including his five-year-old son, Max (Justin Cooper). For his fifth birthday, Max blows out the candles atop his cake and wishes that his dad could not lie for one day. You guessed it-- Max's wish comes true and Fletcher is forced to tell the truth.

What ensues is a hysterical movie which will provide laughs for your whole family. Carrey's facial expressions are fantastic and his chemistry with Cooper and Maura Tierney (who plays Fletcher's ex-wife, Audrey) is terrific. Cary Elwes plays Audrey's current boyfriend (Spencer), and does a fabulous job in his portrayel of someone who just wants to fit into a family, seemingly taking over the dad's role.

Being a kid from a divorced family, I could totally relate to what Max was going through. While Cooper resembles the Olsen twins, he did a great job playing Fletcher's constantly-disappointed son. I can't rave enough about the perfect portrayals by each cast member.

This is a terrific movie for the whole family to watch. There are a couple of risque parts, but nothing goes too far. Two thumbs up from me!

Oh, and be sure to watch the outtakes during the credits.


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An unctuous, smooth-talking divorce attorney's propensity for propitious prevarication may wow the juries, but his five-year-old son Max wants an end to the lies. So when Dad blows off the boy's birthday bash with yet another weak excuse, Max wishes his dad to spend a whole day incapable of lying. And lo and behold, the wish comes true, with hilariously disastrous results in the courtroom.
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: 1997, March 21, 1997
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 1hr 27min
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