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Big Fat Liar (2002)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Family  |  8 February 2002 (USA)
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After a young boy's school essay erroneously finds its way into the hands of a Hollywood producer who turns the idea into a hit film, the boy travels to Los Angeles to claim his credit.



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A take on the classic tale 'The Boy Who Cried Wolf', this is the story of a 14-year-old boy named Jason Shephard who lies for the fun of it. He loses an important story assignment entitled 'Big Fat Liar' in movie producer Marty Wolf's limo, which Wolf then turns into a film. When Jason sees a movie preview of his story, he and his best friend Kaylee go to Los Angeles to make Wolf confess to using his story, to clear his name, and to get him out of having to attend summer school. The teen liar then has to match wits with Wolf, who also turns out to be a big liar. Written by Anna <annachan@amazon.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 February 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lost and Found  »

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,554,015 (USA) (8 February 2002)


$201,334 (South Africa) (30 August 2002)

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Marty Wolf tells Jason that he'll tell his father he wrote Erin Brockovich and Saving Private Ryan. Much like the movie within the movie, both films were inspired by true stories. (Though the events of Saving Private Ryan are fictional, it was loosely inspired by a similar event during WW2.) See more »


After Jason & Kaylee have taken some time to look around at the warehouse that they use for their temporary home, Jason says that they'll hangout there until closing time & then go shopping. When he's saying this; behind him is a telephone booth. Reflected in the telephone is a crew member in a white t-shirt reading some sort of newspaper or maybe the script to the movie. He is looking down at the pages then seemingly looking up at the actors as they say their lines. (Maybe he's the script supervisor or something.) See more »


Marty Wolf: Okay, listen up. This is where you went wrong. You should've forged a doctor's note, changed your dad to your sister, and the meatball to a chicken leg. Trust me, it's much easier to swallow if you GMD which means get my drift.
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References The Nutty Professor (1963) See more »


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Better than Expected
15 October 2002 | by (Royal Oak, MI) – See all my reviews

When a 14 year old boy has an accident with one of Hollywood's biggest producers, he soon finds that the producer has begun to make a movie off of an English paper story he left in his car. When no one believes the kid he takes his best friend and they go to Hollywood to get the producer to admit that the kid created the story and they are willing to do anything to make sure he admits it. Although this is more for kids it is still a fun comedy for all ages. A good acting job by the young actors. ** out of ****.

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