Liar Liar (1997)

PG-13   |    |  Comedy, Fantasy


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A fast-track lawyer can't lie for 24 hours due to his son's birthday wish after he disappoints his son for the last time.

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3 September 2000 | Anonymous_Maxine
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| Jim Carrey is back in yet another great comedy, although it doesn't quite live up to the spectacular Dumb & Dumber.
Liar Liar is about a boy who, after being stood up by his big-shot lawyer father one too many times, wishes that for just one day his dad couldn't lie. This wreaks havoc on his personal life and even more on his professional life as a lawyer who makes a living putting criminals back on the streets.

Carrey is immediately and constantly hilarious in his role as the unwillfully honest Fletcher Reede. Every scene is full of awkwardly straightforward behavior and dialogue ("Whatever takes the focus off your head!) that is funny because it is so unusual and unexpected. Maura Tierney delivers one of the best performances of her career (second only to her wonderful job in Primal Fear), but Cary Elwes plays a disappointing turn from his amazing job in The Princess Bride. Seeing him as the endlessly charming Wesley in that film and then seeing him as a squirrely step-father type in Liar Liar just didn't seem to fit, but the film was able to overcome such small problems and present itself as a good and entertaining comedy.

In addition to the good comedy that Liar Liar presented, there were strange comedic scenes that Carrey had never done before. For example, I have never seen him portray a descent into madness as was shown with the blue pen, and it should be noted how well this funny man played the part of a man trying very hard not to be funny, with hilarious results. This is a bit like his role in Man on the Moon where he was a comedian playing a comedian who was often deliberately not funny, and the results there were hilarious as well. Jim Carrey's great comedy acting skills were a crucial element of this film, but they are not the only redeeming value of the movie itself. The story is solid and legitimate as well, and it is well-presented and directed, resulting in a good, fun comedy.

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Randall "Tex" Cobb had previously starred opposite Jim Carrey in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994).


Quotes

Judge Stevens: Order! Order! ORDER!
Fletcher: Knock it off!
Judge Stevens: SIT DOWN!


Goofs

When Fletcher picks up Max to go to the wrestling match, Fletcher quotes that they're going to see "Rick Rude and Randy "Macho Man" Savage in the cage of death." This could've never happened as Savage was in WCW at the time and Rude was in WWF (now WWE) and had retired as an active wrestler in 1994. Even if Fletcher was recounting his own memories of seeing live wrestling, neither WWF or WCW have ever called their cage matches a "Cage of Death."


Crazy Credits

Outtakes are shown during the credits.


Alternate Versions

Randall 'Tex' Cobb's role (as "Skull) was considerably shortened prior to release. Originally filmed was a courtroom prologue where Fletcher successfully defends Skull using his usual, less-than-truthful tactics. Also filmed was a sequence in the jail where Fletcher meets Skull again in jail. The courtroom prologue was dropped entirely, but remnants of it still remain in the original theatrical trailers. The jail-cell scene was shortened, so much so that Cobb only has one line in the entire film, despite a prominent billing. The prologue is featured in the 'deleted scenes' section of the Special Edition DVD release.


Soundtracks

Mighty Mouse Theme (Here I Come To Save The Day)
(uncredited)
Written by
Marshall Barer & Philip A. Scheib
Performed by Jim Carrey

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Comedy | Fantasy

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