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Liar Liar (1997)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy  |  21 March 1997 (USA)
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A fast track lawyer can't lie for 24 hours due to his son's birthday wish after the lawyer turns his son down for the last time.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Kenneth Falk (as Chip Mayer)
Richard Cole
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Fletcher Reede, a fast talking attorney, habitual liar, and divorced father is an incredibly successful lawyer who has built his career by lying. He has a habit of giving precedence to his job and always breaking promises to be with his favorite young son Max, but Fletcher lets Max down once too often, for missing his own son's birthday party. But until then at 8:15 Max has decided to make an honest man out of him as he wishes for one whole day his dad couldn't tell a lie. When the wish comes true all Fletcher can do is tell the truth and cannot tell one lie. Uh-oh for Fletcher! Written by Anthony Pereyra <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

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Comedy | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sex related humor and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 March 1997 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$31,423,025 (USA) (21 March 1997)


$181,395,380 (USA) (10 October 1997)

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Did You Know?


After Fletcher stops the plane, and the passengers are exiting onto the tarmac, Jim Carrey can be seen in the middle of the crowd dressed as his Fire Marshall Bill character from "In Living Color" talking into a walkie talkie. See more »


When Fletcher is chasing the airplane with the portable stairs, the plane is taxiing to the end of the runway where it will turn around and take off. In the background an airplane is seen landing going in the same direction as this taxiing plane. Aircraft take off and land going in the same direction, thus the landing aircraft should be landing the other way. See more »


Publicist: Mr. Reed, do you have a moment?
Fletcher: I'm sorry, I'm very late. It's my day to be with my son.
Publicist: A couple of reporters want to talk to you about your big win today.
Fletcher: Oh, yeah? How's my hair?
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Crazy Credits

Outtakes are shown during the credits. See more »


Referenced in Me, Myself & Irene (2000) See more »


Mighty Mouse Theme (Here I Come To Save The Day)
Written by Marshall Barer & Philip A. Scheib
Performed by Jim Carrey
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One of Jim Carrey's funniest movies
21 August 2007 | by (The world of artists) – See all my reviews

This movie is absolutely hilarious! There are few movies as humorous as this one, being "Mousehunt" one of those few - another 1997 motion picture.

Every minute of "Liar Liar" is pure fun and every minute means a good laughter. Many moments are hysterical! Jim Carrey is often a great comedian, but this is him at his funniest side.

The story is very funny and entertaining: Fletcher Reede, a lawyer with the habit of lying and breaking promises, suddenly sees himself forced to become honest during the next 24 hours after his son's birthday wish comes true. He doesn't understand what's happening to him and that is driving him insane... he can't tell any lies, not even write a little lie! Whenever he tries to and whenever he talks, it's a huge mess for sure! He even transforms the court room into a circus, seems to lose his mind and makes goofy faces! Incredibly hilarious!

The actors have great performances. Jim Carrey is great as Fletcher Reede, but there are other equally good actors, like Maura Tierney as Audrey Reede, Cary Elwes as Jerry and little Justin Cooper as Max (Fletcher's son). Max is also referred to as "Maximillian" and "Monster Max" by his father, who loves to do "The Claw" much for his son's delight. I know Cary Elwes from "Robin Hood: Men in Tights" and I do know that he is an English actor, but he speaks with a good American accent in this film. Some might think that Jim Carrey overacts here and that his humor is too crummy, but the energy he shows here is not something anybody could do. It requires a very energetic and patient comedian and Jim Carrey proves his talent to do so. The kid is cute. He almost looks like Sean Marshall in "Pete's Dragon", with that face and long hair.

At my point of view, "Liar Liar" has funny humor, not irritating or dirty humor. It is a modern light-hearted comedy. Its aim is purely fun at the highest level. I think it's difficult not laughing while watching this movie. Lots of very funny lines are another attribute.

Directed by Tom Shadyac, "Liar Liar" is the best thing Jim Carrey and Tom Shadyac ever did together and slightly superior than the later "Bruce Almighty".

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