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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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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 Reede. Written by Anthony Pereyra <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

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Coming soon. Honest. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Cary Elwes claims that people still come up to him all the time to do his version of "the claw." See more »

Goofs

The jugs used by Fletcher in the courtroom and by the flight attendant on the plane to Boston are the same, appearing overly matching. See more »

Quotes

Fletcher: [Picks up a blue pen]
[to himself]
Fletcher: Okay, the pen is red... the pen is red...
[aloud]
Fletcher: The color of this pen is ruh-ruh-ruh-ruh
[laughs]
Fletcher: . This pen is reeeeeeeeeeehhh-
[pauses then announces dramatically]
Fletcher: The color of the pen that I HOLD in my hand is rrrrr-rrroyal blue!
[falls to the floor exhausted]
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Outtakes are shown during the credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

The US network TV version of this movie not only corrects bad language, but also removes all Tower Air titles from the Boeing 747 appearing in the "chase" scene in the end. The only remains on the aircraft are the word "Air" on the fuselage! See more »

Connections

Referenced in Universal Studios Theme Parks Adventure (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Mighty Mouse Theme (Here I Come To Save The Day)
(uncredited)
Written by Marshall Barer & Philip A. Scheib
Performed by Jim Carrey
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Pants on fire
20 October 2002 | by DeeNine-2See all my reviews

Jim Carrey puts so much energy and pure comedic brilliance into this movie that we hardly noticed how corny and hackneyed was the plot or how wearily didactic was the moral lesson for all fathers who neglect their children for the goddess of success. And really we didn't care. What we loved almost as much as Carrey's rubber mouth and oral blockage (like an overheated boiler fighting not to explode) was the premise: a lawyer that can't lie. Now there's an oxymoron! As Carrey tries to explain to his son Max, lawyers need to lie. Actually he says grownups need to lie, which is a truth that we really do not need to exam too closely here. To laugh at something deeply troubling in our nature is a way of dealing with it.

So the genius of this movie is first the talent of Jim Carrey, but second, for kids who come to the realization of adult mendacity for the first time, it is the discovery of comedy as a way to cope. Why do adults need to lie? is a question that a kid can never figure out, and then by the time he is an adult himself (or actually a teenager), he can no longer comprehend how important the question once was. Call it innocence lost, or the socialization process.

My favorite part of the movie is the courtroom scene with Jennifer Tilly dressed oh so sluttily and her adulterous beaux looking like a model for the cover of a romance novel and Carrey in tatters in his $900 suit. Second would be the bathroom scene in which Carrey tries to tear himself apart (and seems to almost succeed). His flapping mouth between the toilet seat and the bowl was inspired. Give some credit to director Tom Shadyac, who managed to steer the vehicle with Carrey at the controls, and to writers, Paul Guay and Stephen Mazur, who wrote some funny lines.

The great comedians totally let themselves go. They are totally on. They go to extremes and beyond. It's like transcending not just the ordinary, but even the imagined. See this obviously for Jim Carrey, one of the great comedic talents of our time, an original who would have delighted Charlie Chaplin with his extraordinary muggings, his blatant audacity and his suburb timing.

(Note: Over 500 of my movie reviews are now available in my book "Cut to the Chaise Lounge or I Can't Believe I Swallowed the Remote!" Get it at Amazon!)


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 1997 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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