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Big Fat Liar (2002)

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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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The truth is never overrated See more »

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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Did You Know?


Lindsay Lohan, who was 14 years old at the time of production, was originally signed on to play Kaylee. She dropped out shortly before filming began, deciding to take a temporary hiatus from acting for a year. She was replaced with Amanda Bynes. See more »


When Marty Wolf swims in the dyed pool, all of his skin turns blue yet his bathing suit remains its original color. See more »


Dustin 'Dusty' Wong: I told you, Wolf. The only way to shoot this scene is from 12 different camera angles, with birds flying around. By the by, Confucius say, "Kastang! You're busted!" Rock and Roll, Baby!
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References The Nutty Professor (1963) See more »


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Written by Greg Camp, Steven Harwell
Performed by Smash Mouth
Courtesy of Interscope Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Hilarious Movie
28 February 2003 | by (California) – See all my reviews

This is a hilarious movie about a kid who just wants to earn his dad's trust back. Frankie Muniz, Paul Giamatti, and especially Amanda Bynes all provide excellent performances. It's a well-written story with some very important messages. Much of it seems to be set in Universal Studios, on lots one can see during one of the tours, which makes the movie even more enjoyable. I haven't laughed this much in a long time.

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