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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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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 <>

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Comedy | Fantasy

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

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Release Date:

21 March 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Menteur menteur  »

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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Steve Martin turned down the lead role in this film due to scheduling conflicts with another film. See more »


When Fletcher tore his blazer on his left shoulder, his hand went forward, but the rip went backwards. Later outside and back to court, his shoulder pad was out. When he ripped it in the bathroom, it was a small rip and not a big rip. 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 »


Spoofs ...And Justice for All. (1979) 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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Cute message movie with Jim Carrey
12 September 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon US) – See all my reviews

Liar Liar is one solution to the problem of what kind of movie vehicle to write for overacting, rubber man Jim Carrey. Following the success of Ace Ventura, director Tom Shaydac casts Carrey as a divorced lawyer who has no time for his young son. In the film, the word liar is a pun on lawyer, equating the two words since his character is a lying lawyer. Every time he promises to attend one of his son's school events or play with him, Carrey finds some excuse to get out of it. His son makes a birthday wish that just for one day his dad would tell the truth and it happens. Carrey is incapable of lying and when he tries to lie, his face and body go into every contortion imaginable as he tries to suppress the truth. There is a literally "off the wall" scene where he beats himself up in a bathroom. Carrey is a likable guy and carries the movie. Of course, you can't believe for a second that he's a lawyer but belief is not needed in this film. This is a movie with a message that fathers shouldn't ignore their children. For a film aimed at kids, there is a surprising amount of boob and sexual humor. Maura Tierney is very cute as his ex-wife. Amanda Donohoe plays Carrey's seductress law partner and Jennifer Tilly is a buxom, bimbo client. Director Tom Shadyac later worked with Carrey in Bruce Almighty. Liar Liar is for Jim Carrey fans and fathers who ignore their kids.

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