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Liar Liar (1997)

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

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Tom Shadyac
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Carrey ... Fletcher Reede
Maura Tierney ... Audrey Reede
Justin Cooper ... Max Reede
Cary Elwes ... Jerry
Anne Haney ... Greta
Jennifer Tilly ... Samantha Cole
Amanda Donohoe ... Miranda
Jason Bernard ... Judge Marshall Stevens
Swoosie Kurtz ... Dana Appleton
Mitchell Ryan ... Mr. Allan
Christopher Mayer ... Kenneth Falk (as Chip Mayer)
Eric Pierpoint ... Richard Cole
Randall 'Tex' Cobb ... Skull
Cheri Oteri ... Jane
SW Fisher SW Fisher ... Pete
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Storyline

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,423,025, 23 March 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$181,410,615

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$302,710,615
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is Jim Carrey's first collaboration with Cary Elwes. The second one was on Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009). He also worked with Amy Yasbeck in The Mask (1994), and before Cary Elwes worked with Amy Yasbeck on Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993). See more »

Goofs

The toilet noticeably flexes when Fletcher smashes his head between it and the seat. See more »

Quotes

Fletcher: [on phone] Hi! Judge Stevens, I'm scheduled to be in your courtroom in half an hour? Judge Stevens, I badly, BADLY need a continuance!... Ill? Am I ill? That is the perfect question for you to ask!
[to Greta]
Fletcher: GRETA please LIE to him for me!
Greta: I remember when you bought me this antique silver fram from tiffany's... TIFFANY'S?
Fletcher: [in a high-pitched voice] ... Garage sale, six-fifty marked down from ten...
[Greta drops picture frame and it smashes]
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Crazy Credits

Outtakes are shown during the credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

When aired on ABC, these changes were made: In the conference room, Fletcher's insult of "You couldn't get a porn star off" was altered to remove the word Off; the tape recording played in court of Samantha Cole and Mr. Falk was toned down; Fletcher saying "I'm such a shit" was changed to "I'm such a snot"; Fletcher's sentence of "I just proposed a settlement to dick with them" was altered to change dick to deal; At the repo lot when Fletcher complains about the scratch on his car, his last sentence of "I'm gonna bend over and take it up the tail pipe" was changed to "I'm gonna bend over and take it like a grown man!"; When Fletcher tries unsuccessfully to lie about a blue pen, his yelling of "The God damn pen is blue!" is removed. See more »

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Remade as Because I Don't Lie (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday to You
(uncredited)
Written by Patty S. Hill and Mildred J. Hill
Performed by Jim Carrey and Maura Tierney
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Jim Carrey is back in yet another great comedy, although it doesn't quite live up to the spectacular Dumb & Dumber.
3 September 2000 | by Anonymous_MaxineSee all my reviews

Liar Liar is about a boy who, after being stood up by his big-shot lawyer father one too many times, wishes that for just one day his dad couldn't lie. This wreaks havoc on his personal life and even more on his professional life as a lawyer who makes a living putting criminals back on the streets.

Carrey is immediately and constantly hilarious in his role as the unwillfully honest Fletcher Reede. Every scene is full of awkwardly straightforward behavior and dialogue ("Whatever takes the focus off your head!) that is funny because it is so unusual and unexpected. Maura Tierney delivers one of the best performances of her career (second only to her wonderful job in Primal Fear), but Cary Elwes plays a disappointing turn from his amazing job in The Princess Bride. Seeing him as the endlessly charming Wesley in that film and then seeing him as a squirrely step-father type in Liar Liar just didn't seem to fit, but the film was able to overcome such small problems and present itself as a good and entertaining comedy.

In addition to the good comedy that Liar Liar presented, there were strange comedic scenes that Carrey had never done before. For example, I have never seen him portray a descent into madness as was shown with the blue pen, and it should be noted how well this funny man played the part of a man trying very hard not to be funny, with hilarious results. This is a bit like his role in Man on the Moon where he was a comedian playing a comedian who was often deliberately not funny, and the results there were hilarious as well. Jim Carrey's great comedy acting skills were a crucial element of this film, but they are not the only redeeming value of the movie itself. The story is solid and legitimate as well, and it is well-presented and directed, resulting in a good, fun comedy.


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