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Big Fat Liar -- There's loads of big, fat fun in store when Jason (Frankie Muniz) and Kaylee (Amanda Bynes) set off on a cross-country adventure to confront a big-time Hollywood producer (Paul Giamatti).


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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Frankie Muniz ... Jason Shepherd

Paul Giamatti ... Marty Wolf

Amanda Bynes ... Kaylee

Amanda Detmer ... Monty Kirkham

Donald Faison ... Frank Jackson

Sandra Oh ... Mrs. Phyllis Caldwell

Russell Hornsby ... Marcus Duncan

Michael Bryan French ... Harry Shepherd

Christine Tucci ... Carol Shepherd

Lee Majors ... Vince

Sean O'Bryan ... Leo

Amy Hill ... Joscelyn Davis

John Cho ... Dustin 'Dusty' Wong

Matthew Frauman ... Lester Golub

Don Yesso ... Rocco Malone

Rebecca Corry ... Astrid Barker
Sparkle ... Grandma Pearl

Taran Killam ... Bret Callaway

Alexandra Breckenridge ... Janie Shepherd (as Alex Breckenridge)

Ned Brower ... Rudy

John Gatins ... Tow Truck Driver
Andre Rosey Brown ... Security Guard (as Rosey Brown)
Steven Shenbaum ... Tram Guide
Jake Miner ... Aaron
Ted Rooney ... Boring Teacher

Marisa Petroro ... Reporter

Randall Newsome ... Photographer
Michelle Griffin ... Shandra Duncan

Mike Smith ... Limo Driver

Andrea Sevilla ... Housekeeper
Pamela Paulshock ... Female Extra
Erik Stabenau ... Stunt Man (as Eric Stabenau)

Tracey Cherelle Jones ... Penny

Pat O'Brien ... Pat O'Brien

Brian Turk ... The Masher

Sandra Lee Gimpel ... Old Lady (as Sandy Gimpel)

Tim Haldeman ... Suburban Dad
Patrick Falls ... Chopper Stunt Man (as Pat Falls)
Timmy Fitzpatrick ... Darren

Corinne Reilly ... Wolf Party Guest

Shawn Levy ... Wolf Party Guest

Dustin Diamond ... Wolf Party Guest
Bart Myer ... Wolf Party Guest

Kenan Thompson ... Party Goer
Kanan Hooker ... Ninja Kid
Houston Hooker ... Ninja Kid
C.J. Picerni ... Party Kid
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kyle Swann ... Brett

Jaleel White ... Jaleel White

Mike Holman ... Himself (uncredited)

Martin Klebba ... Kissing Bandit (uncredited)

Natalia Livingston ... Girl at movie premiere (uncredited)

Directed by
Shawn Levy 
Writing credits
Dan Schneider (story) &
Brian Robbins (story)

Dan Schneider (screenplay)

Produced by
Marie Cantin .... co-producer
Michael Goldman .... executive producer
Brian Robbins .... producer
Michael Tollin .... producer
Original Music by
Christophe Beck 
Cinematography by
Jonathan Brown 
Film Editing by
Stuart H. Pappé  (as Stuart Pappé)
Kimberly Ray 
Casting by
Michelle Morris  (as Michelle Morris Gertz)
Production Design by
Nina Ruscio 
Art Direction by
Francis J. Pezza 
Set Decoration by
Dena Roth 
Costume Design by
Sanja Milkovic Hays 
Makeup Department
Ralph M. Abalos .... assistant hair stylist
Howard Berger .... special makeup effects artist
Anita Brabec .... assistant makeup artist
Clare M. Corsick .... hair department head (as Clare Corsick)
Tammy Kusian .... hair stylist: Mr. Muniz
Lydia Milars .... makeup department head
Christopher Allen Nelson .... special makeup effects artist (as Christopher Nelson)
Barry Wittman .... assistant makeup artist
Anthony Miner .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Marie Cantin .... unit production manager
Virginia Landis Albertson .... post-production supervisor
Kris Nielsen .... production supervisor (as Kris Nielsen-Morris)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joe Camp III .... first assistant director
Rick Kelly .... second second assistant director
Matt Rebenkoff .... second assistant director
Ellie Smith .... second assistant director
Danny Green .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
John Aldays .... stand-by greensman (as John W. Aldays)
Bryan Belair .... construction coordinator
Mark Boucher .... set dresser
Susan A. Burig .... scenic artist
Matt Callahan .... art department assistant
Thomas A. Cottrill .... labor foreman
R. Scott Doran .... lead man
Don Elliott .... set dresser
Brandon S. Gilgen .... stand-by painter (as Brandon Shawn Gilgen)
David L. Glazer .... property master
Robert C. Goldstein .... set designer (as Robert Goldstein)
Kenny Hayes .... propmaker foreman (as Ken L. Hayes)
Tim Jackson .... general foreman (as Timothy C. Jackson)
Randy Martens .... greens foreman
Ed Martin II .... assistant property master
Michael Mikita .... paint foreman
Mark Sakamoto .... set dresser
Randy Severino .... set dresser
Reina Solunaya .... art department assistant
Scott Swank .... on-set dresser
Scott Vollmer .... propmaker gang boss
Kirstin Weller .... art department assistant
Shannon Curfman .... lead person: re-shoots (uncredited)
Kathy Orlando .... buyer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bobbi Banks .... adr editor
Jeanette Browning .... adr recordist
Norval D. Crutcher III .... supervising adr supervisor
Diana Flores .... adr mixer
Gary S. Gerlich .... supervising sound editor (as Gary Gerlich)
Lee Gilmore .... apprentice sound editor
Jeff Gomillion .... adr mixer
Marilyn Graf .... foley editor
Michael Herbick .... sound re-recording mixer
Bill Higley .... adr mixer
William Hooper .... sound editor
Bobby Johanson .... adr mixer (as Bobby Johnason)
Jason Johnston .... cable person
Doc Kane .... adr mixer
Richard LeGrand Jr. .... supervising sound editor (as Richard Legrand Jr.)
James Marchione .... adr recordist (as Jim Marchione)
Peter Marling .... adr recordist
Bob McNabb .... dialogue editor
Stephen Neary .... sound recordist
Patrick O'Sullivan .... sound editor
David Obermeyer .... sound mixer
Philip Rogers .... adr recordist (as Phillip Rogers)
Walter Spencer .... dialogue editor
Elliot Tyson .... sound re-recording mixer
Samuel Webb .... assistant sound editor
Tim Webb .... sound recordist
Jeffrey A. Williams .... boom operator (as Jeff Williams)
James Ashwill .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Jared Baker .... special effects assistant
John S. Baker .... special effects coordinator
Nick Karas .... special effects foreman
Craig R. Uszak .... special effects assistant (as Craig Uszak)
Visual Effects by
Richard Malzahn .... visual effects supervisor
Derek Ledbetter .... visual effects (uncredited)
Tsuyoshi Abe .... stunts
Lesley Aletter .... stunts
Seth Arnett .... stunts
William H. Burton Jr. .... stunts (as William Burton)
Michael Chaturantabut .... stunts (as Mike Chaturantabut)
Kofi Elam .... stunt driver
Kofi Elam .... stunts
Danny Epper .... stunts (as Daniel Epper)
Richard Epper .... stunts
Andy Gill .... stunts
Cody Gill .... stunts
Jack Gill .... stunts
Katie Gill .... stunts
Mark Ginther .... stunts
Yoshio Iizuka .... stunts
Cinda-Lin James .... stunts
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunts
Svetla Krasteva .... stunts (as Svetla Krasteba)
Marty Murray .... stunts
Steve Picerni .... stunts
Gary Price .... stunt double: Paul Giamatti
Gary Price .... stunts
Pat Romano .... stunt coordinator
Felipe Savahge .... stunts
Cody Weselis .... stunts (as Cody Tyler Weselis)
Dick Ziker .... stunts
Mike Smith .... stunt limo driver (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Dean Andolsek .... chief lighting technician (as Dean F. Andolsek)
Pete Asidilla .... grip
Danny Barfield .... best boy grip
Hans Bjerno .... aerial photographer
Michael Brown .... grip
Kevin Cadwallader .... lamp operator
Tracy Allen Davey .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Damon Doherty .... rigging key grip (as Damon T. Doherty)
René Domínguez .... grip
Jason Ehlers .... grip
John Fine .... lamp operator (as Johnny Fine)
Michael Fuhr .... second assistant camera
David Gamerman .... rigging gaffer
Gerry Ganger .... technician: Spacecam camera
Scott Gregory .... rigging grip
Rudy Harbon .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Stan Harrison .... video assist operator
John Hatchitt .... key grip (as John M. Hatchitt)
Ryan J. Hesse .... lamp operator
Rex Hiscocks .... rigging grip best boy (as Rex T. Hiscocks)
Kirsten Laube .... camera loader
Art Martin .... first assistant camera
Fredrick W. Marx III .... rigging electrician (as Fredrick Marx III)
Brien McDonald .... grip
Michael A. Mendez .... rigging grip (as Michael Mendez)
Dale Myrand .... camera operator: "b" camera
Terence Nightingall .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Terence Nightengall)
Robert Ogden .... assistant chief lighting technician
Masahiro Onodera .... technician: Spacecam camera
Charles Papert .... Steadicam operator
Charles Papert .... camera operator
Mike Parsons .... rigging best boy electric (as Michael A. Parsons)
Peter Rhoads .... camera intern
Landon Ruddel .... grip (as Landen Ruddell)
Thomas J. Ruffner .... dolly grip (as Thomas A.C. Ruffner)
Gary Spalding .... rigging grip
Darcy Spires .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Pattie Stone .... dimmer board operator
Sam Urdank .... still photographer
O'Shana Walker .... assistant chief lighting technician
Keith Williams .... rigging electrician
Eli Golub .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Charles Papert .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Stephen Martin Paull .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Kelly O'Brien .... casting associate
Sasha Adkinson .... extras casting (uncredited)
Leor Mendel .... casting associate (uncredited)
Angelique Midthunder .... extras casting: Central Casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Camille Argus .... costume supervisor
Artemio Carpio .... set costumer
Lyle Glazer .... costumer (as Lyle Morse)
Lorenzo Hearns Jr. .... set costumer
Irena Stepic .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
R. Orlando Duenas .... first assistant editor
Katie Flint .... editorial production assistant
Stephen R. Sheridan .... color timer (as Steve Sheridan)
Angus Spottiswoode .... apprentice editor
Jan Wesley .... assistant editor
Frank Cuomo .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Music Department
Pete Anthony .... orchestrator
Julian Bratolyubov .... music preparation
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor (as Sandy De Crescent)
Rossano Galante .... orchestrator
David Giuli .... music preparation (as Dave Giuli)
Tanya Noel Hill .... assistant music editor
Luana Jackman .... vocal contractor (as Louana Jackman)
Gary Jones .... music supervisor
Dave Jordan .... music supervisor
Kevin Kliesch .... orchestrator
Kathy Nelson .... executive in charge of film music
Douglas Romayne .... orchestrator (as Douglas Stevens)
Casey Stone .... music scoring mixer
Jojo Villanueva .... music coordinator
Terry Wilson .... music editor
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Timothy Bateman .... transportation co-captain
Steve Imbler .... transportation coordinator
Austin Thompson .... transportation captain
Other crew
Russell Allen .... production secretary
Sebastian Attie .... accounting clerk
Lori A. Balton .... location scout
Tyler Burk .... production assistant
Chris Carrington .... set medic
Raul Celaya .... production assistant (as Raul L. Celaya)
J.J. Dalton .... production assistant
Jennifer Dawes .... payroll accountant
Jon E. Edwards .... production assistant
Maurice 'Moe' Freeman .... production assistant (as Maurice Freeman)
Lisa Furia .... second assistant accountant
Ramon Galvez .... craft service
Rhona Gordon .... studio teacher
Terri Greening .... first assistant accountant
Nancy Honeycutt .... production coordinator (as Nancy C. Honeycutt)
J. Larsen Jay .... assistant production coordinator (as Larsen Jay)
Eva Jensen .... studio teacher
Adam Jordan .... location assistant (as Adam Lee Jordan)
Kim Kerbls .... production assistant
Christian Krieger .... assistant location manager
Berna Levin .... assistant: Mr. Tollin
Tali Lipa .... production accountant
Stephen Mapel .... location manager (as Steve Mapel)
Todd A. Marks .... computer/video coordinator (as Todd Aron Marks)
James Maull .... post-production accountant (as James O. Maull)
Joan Johnson Miller .... assistant to co-producer (as Joan Johnson)
Diane H. Newman .... script supervisor (as Diane Hassinger Newman)
Coralyn Peirson .... location assistant (as Coralyn Christian Peirson)
Daria Pepp .... production assistant
Alan D. Purwin .... aerial coordinator (as Alan Purwin)
Alan D. Purwin .... pilot (as Alan Purwin)
J.B. Rasor .... craft service
Gene A. Roepke .... assistant: Mr. Levy
Ellen Rydzewski .... assistant: Mr. Robbins
Ben Skorstad .... pilot
Dee Dee Smith .... assistant: Ms. Cantin
Danielle Stewart .... assistant: Mr. Goldman
Jimmy Zelinger .... title designer
Steve Zukowski .... craft service (as Steven Zukowski)
Hilary Adahms .... stand-in (uncredited)
Carlos A. Aragon .... production assistant (uncredited)
Candace Brokaw .... stand-in: Frankie Muniz (uncredited)
Terri Greening .... accountant: re-shoot (uncredited)
Evan Liss .... unit medic (uncredited)
Wendy Pineda .... location coordinator (uncredited)
Wendy Pineda .... production coordinator (uncredited)
James P. Warren .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated PG for some language
88 min
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Andre Rosey Brown's last film appearance.See more »
Boom mic visible: In the classroom in the beginning, the boom mic is clearly visible for a significant amount of time.See more »
Kaylee:I wanna see a broken man people. I mean broken as in 'I hit a baseball through the window' broken. I want you to turn him into mince meat, and I don't even know what mince meat is! I want him to cry for his mommy! Wah!, Wah! mommy, mommy, mommy! Do you read me 'cause I don't think you read me?See more »
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21 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Fun, if over-the-top, comic fantasy, 30 November 2002
Author: Roland E. Zwick ( from United States

`Big Fat Liar' offers a lively contemporary spin on the Boy Who Cried Wolf legend. Jason Shepherd is a 14-year-old inveterate liar who spends most of his time devising elaborate yarns to keep himself out of trouble with his parents and teachers. One day, through an amazing fluke, he meets up with a nefarious movie producer named Marty Wolf who steals Shepherd's story idea – a composition he wrote for his English class entitled `Big Fat Liar' – and proceeds to make a movie out of it. When Jason's parents refuse to believe their son's outlandish tale, the youngster heads out to Hollywood to confront Wolf and make him verify his story. When Wolf refuses to do this, Jason concocts an elaborate scheme to make Wolf's life a living hell until he relents and helps make things right back home.

Kids will love `Big Fat Liar' for the simple reason that it works as pure adolescent fantasy wish-fulfillment on several levels. First, it shows a youngster getting the rare opportunity of turning a major studio backlot into his own personal playground (the film sometimes feels like a 90-minute commercial for Universal Studios' behind-the-scenes tour). Second, it feeds the desire we all have to watch the tables being turned on a certified rascal. And, third, like any good fantasy for children, it puts the kids in a position of power over the adult world. Jason and his pretty cohort, Kaylee, get to call the shots and pull the strings that eventually get the grownups to pay attention and listen to them.

`Big Fat Liar' might actually have been a better film had it resisted the tendency to overdo so much of its comedy. In fact, the best parts of the film occur near the beginning when Jason and his adventures stay connected to the real world. Once he gets to Hollywood, the film loses a bit of its edge. The cleverness and wit of the film's opening stretches give way to overwrought plot mechanics and over-the-top slapstick. The film has a great deal of undeniable energy, but subtlety can be a virtue as well and we miss that sense of sly fun that defines the film's ambiance early on.

Still, `Big Fat Liar' has more to recommend it than the average teen comedy. First of all, it stars the marvelous Frankie Muniz (`Malcolm in the Middle') who has energy and charm to spare in the role of Jason and who literally keeps the film bouncing along even when the comic setups don't always pay off as well as they should. Muniz is one child actor I will miss when he grows too old to still play these parts. Amanda Byrnes is equally likable as Jason's conspiratorial companion, Kaylee. And even though Paul Giamatti seems to be doing a Jim Carrey impersonation through large sections of the film, this fine comic actor hits heights of magnificent manic madness as the put-upon, hissable villain of the piece. The movie also has a fun time ribbing many of the elements of Hollywood culture – from the unemployed `actors' working as chauffeurs to the has-beens looking for that big career turnabout to the insipid material that often serves as the basis for big studio productions (a movie about a cop teamed up with a crime-fighting chicken is the example here).

`Big Fat Liar' provides mixed blessings for the sophisticated adult audience, but youngsters should enjoy it all.

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