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Big Fat Liar (2002)

Fourteen-year-old Jason Shepherd has a reputation for stretching the truth. So, when big-time Hollywood producer Marty Wolf steals his class paper and turns it into a smash hit movie, no one believes Jason's latest tall tale.


Shawn Levy


Dan Schneider (story), Brian Robbins (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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


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 leaves an important story assignment entitled "Big Fat Liar" in movie producer Marty Wolf's limo, which Marty then turns into a film. When Jason sees a movie preview of his story, he and his best friend, Kaylee, travel to Los Angeles to make Marty confess to using his story, to clear his name, and to get him out of having to attend summer school. Jason then has to match wits with Marty, who also turns out to be a big liar. Written by Anna <annachan@amazon.com>

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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Did You Know?


When Marty jumps into the pool, not knowing it's been filled with blue dye, if you pause at the right time, he turns blue before he even touches the pool. This shows that they just slapped a blue filter on the camera during that moment. See more »


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


Jason Sheperd: My name's Jason.
Marty Wolf: And it always will be.
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Crazy Credits

The film ends with Marty Wolf (Paul Giamatti) as a clown See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD contains a few deleted and extended scenes, including an extended scene of when they are filming the chicken movie, an extended scene at Marty's party, a deleted scene at the end were a big crate falls on Marty's car, and an additional scene that is part of the takedown sequence where the gatekeeper won't let Marty into the studio. See more »


Spoofs Psycho (1960) See more »


Blue (Da Ba Dee)
Written by Maurizio Lobina, Gianfranco Randone, Massimo Gabutti
Performed by Eiffel 65
Courtesy of Bliss Corporation, BMG Berlin Musik GmbH and courtesy of
Warner Music U.K. Ltd.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products and courtesy of
Republic/Universal Records/Universal Music KK
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Surprisingly enjoyable to an old dude.
24 August 2003 | by jbpinkSee all my reviews

I saw this movie on my flight from Philly to Denver. The screen was three rows in front of me and about 12" x 10". So I really wasn't going to watch it. But I like Malcolm in the Middle, so I thought I'd watch just a few minutes. Next thing I know I'm sucked in, having a great time, and was pleased as how good it was and how fast it seemed to make the time go by. I agree with that the acting is very good for this level of entertainment. Being one of the older baby boomers, I was also pleased to see Lee Majors with a role in the movie, as with a couple of other actors who were famous (Jamiel?) "yesterday" but are out of the spotlight today poking fun at themselves.

It's your basic "kid is wronged, kid gets even (and then some), and everyone enjoys themselves in the process". No heavy thinking, no great analysis needed. Just a good fun way to pass the time.

3.5 out of 5.

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Release Date:

8 February 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lost and Found See more »

Filming Locations:

Culver City, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,554,015, 10 February 2002

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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