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Big Fat Liar (2002)

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.

Director:

Shawn Levy

Writers:

Dan Schneider (story), Brian Robbins (story) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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>

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Taglines:

The truth is never overrated See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lost and Found See more »

Filming Locations:

Culver City, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,554,015, 10 February 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$47,811,275, 7 April 2002
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Marty Wolf tells Jason that he'll tell his father he wrote Erin Brockovich (2000) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). Much like the movie within the movie, both films were inspired by true stories. (Though some of the events of Saving Private Ryan (1998) are fictional, it was loosely inspired by a similar event during World War II.) Another reason why Marty Wolf at least mentioned Saving Private Ryan (1998) is probably because he was in that movie before this one. See more »

Goofs

In the classroom in the beginning, the boom mic is clearly visible for a significant amount of time. See more »

Quotes

Harry Shepherd: Jason, you awake?
Jason Sheperd: Yeah, Dad, been up for hours. Just getting dressed.
Harry Shepherd: Did you finish that paper for English class?
Jason Sheperd: Yeah, Dad, did it last night.
Carol Shepherd: Jas, did you eat your oatmeal.
Jason Sheperd: Yeah, thanks Mom, it was delicious.
[takes the plate and gives it to his dog under the table]
Jason Sheperd: Here you go, Trooper.
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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 »

Connections

References The Alamo (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Disco Inferno
Written by Leroy Green and Ron Kersey (as Tyrone G. Kersey)
Performed by The Trammps
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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User Reviews

Better than Expected
15 October 2002 | by Cyber256702000See all my reviews

When a 14 year old boy has an accident with one of Hollywood's biggest producers, he soon finds that the producer has begun to make a movie off of an English paper story he left in his car. When no one believes the kid he takes his best friend and they go to Hollywood to get the producer to admit that the kid created the story and they are willing to do anything to make sure he admits it. Although this is more for kids it is still a fun comedy for all ages. A good acting job by the young actors. ** out of ****.


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