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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Archie Bowflex, 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 Archie 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 Archie can do is tell the truth and cannot tell one lie. Uh-oh for Archie Bowflex! 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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Trivia

The script wasn't always about a lawyer. Fletcher was almost a politician or real estate agent. See more »

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Fletcher would not be trying both defendants (criminal code) and divorce cases (family code). See more »

Quotes

Dana: You wanna play hardball? I'm game.
Fletcher: [mockingly] Wanna play hardball? I'm game.
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Alternate Versions

Randall 'Tex' Cobb's role (as "Skull) was considerably shortened prior to release. Originally filmed was a courtroom prologue where Fletcher successfully defends Skull using his usual, less-than-truthful tactics. Also filmed was a sequence in the jail where Fletcher meets Skull again in jail. The courtroom prologue was dropped entirely, but remnants of it still remain in the original theatrical trailers. The jail-cell scene was shortened, so much so that Cobb only has one line in the entire film, despite a prominent billing. The prologue is featured in the 'deleted scenes' section of the Special Edition DVD release. See more »

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Happy Birthday to You
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Written by Patty S. Hill and Mildred J. Hill
Performed by Jim Carrey and Maura Tierney
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funny, that's all you need to know
25 April 2002 | by Special-K88See all my reviews

Carrey is an unreliable, chronic liar of a divorced father, skills which alienate his lonely young son but benefit him greatly in his career as an attorney. Circumstances eventually force him to be incapable of telling a lie for a period of twenty-four hours, a definite burden as he prepares for one of the biggest cases of his career. The premise is formulaic, but it's made worthwhile by a perfectly cast Carrey who pulls out all the stops, taking viewers and his first-rate supporting cast along for the ride. There are plenty of genuine laughs, classic moments, and a premise that works even better for fans who dislike lawyers. ***


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Language:

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Release Date:

21 March 1997 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,423,025, 23 March 1997

Gross USA:

$181,410,615

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$302,710,615
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