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Bigger Fatter Liar (2017)

Big Fat Liar 2 (original title)
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Kevin Shepard is a tech-savvy young genius who uses his intelligence to slack off. When greedy video game executive Larry Wolf gets a hold of his ideas for a video game, Kevin and his best ... See full summary »

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Ron Oliver

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David H. Steinberg (screenplay by), David H. Steinberg (story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Barry Bostwick ... Larry Wolf
Ricky Garcia ... Kevin Shepard
Jodelle Ferland ... Becca
Fiona Vroom ... Penny
Kevin O'Grady ... Ivan
Nelson Wong ... Kenny
Reese Alexander ... Jimmy
Andrew Herr ... Highcroft
Omari Newton ... Richie
Paul McGillion ... Tom
Karen Holness ... Miss Walker
Lisa MacFadden ... Marcy
Jonathan Holmes ... Becca's Father
Morgan Brayton Morgan Brayton ... Becca's Mother
Adil Zaidi ... Elliot
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Kevin Shepard is a tech-savvy young genius who uses his intelligence to slack off. When greedy video game executive Larry Wolf gets a hold of his ideas for a video game, Kevin and his best friend Becca set off for San Francisco to make Wolf's life miserable through a series of pranks. Written by simplyfiym

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Rated PG for language and rude behavior | See all certifications »

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USA

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English

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18 April 2017 (USA) See more »

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Bigger Fatter Liar See more »

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This film has no connection to the original Big Fat Liar (2002) despite having a similar plot and the characters sharing the same last names as their predecessors. See more »

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When Wolf's Bentley is being towed after Wolf is tasered, you can see the lights and crew reflected in the car door. See more »

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Follows Big Fat Liar (2002) See more »

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Big Fat Clunker
21 April 2017 | by Cole AnnSee all my reviews

I apologize in advance- this review is a bit on the scathing side. But deservedly so, as studios need to realize that if sequels/remakes/reboots are going to be greenlit, they need to be at least remotely worthwhile.

When I first saw this on Netflix, I was both shocked and excited; I had not heard about a remake of Big Fat Liar being in the works, but BFL was one of my absolute favorite movies as a kid, so I was hopeful about a fresh take on the story. This movie also had quite a bit of storytelling potential as far as explaining why the main character lied so much and why his friend put up with his nonsense for so long.

And then I saw no trace of Dan Schneider in the writing/producing credits. That was a hard pill to swallow, as he was the reason the original was so much fun, but still, I went into it cautiously optimistic. After all, I enjoyed Ricky Garcia and Jodelle Ferland in other things...

Twenty minutes in, I knew. I kept telling myself it could get better, so I stuck it out 'til the end, but it just didn't.

I'll start with the writing. It's awful. There were inconsistencies as glaring as the name of the video game in question; it switched between Bigger Fatter Liar and Big Fat Liar, so after watching the movie, I'm still not sure what the actual name is. Not to mention, I could swear Wolf's first name is Larry in the movie, but on IMDb he's listed as Alan. What? The biggest issue with the writing, however, is that it lacks everything that made Big Fat Liar special: quirkiness, charm, and most of all, LIFE. The remake was devoid of all of it. It didn't help that Wolf went from turning into a brightly colored clown to a black- and-white mime. Ironically fitting, however, as the new Wolf actor utterly paled in comparison to the brilliance of Paul Giamatti.

That brings me to the acting. Again, lifeless. The actors in the original oozed charisma and personality, whereas it is the complete opposite here.

Ricky Garcia- He's great as the lovable Naldo in Best Friends Whenever, but he clearly struggled with this role. I think Naldo is just easier to play, being the cartoonish Disney Channel sidekick that he is.

Jodelle Ferland- She was the one person who turned in a decent performance most of the time, but she is no Amanda Bynes and was held back by a lack of good material to work with.

Barry Bostwick- I'm not familiar with his past work, but from his credits I can tell that he's a respectable actor, so it's clear to me that he was more held back than anyone else. His performance was nothing special, but again, his material was nothing special.

Basically, this movie was written and directed by a guy who does Hallmark movies, and it showed.

Simply put, it just didn't work.

Don't waste time on this remake and go watch Big Fat Liar(2002) if you haven't already. You'll thank me later.


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