Liar Liar

March 21st, 1997


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A fast track lawyer can't lie for 24 hours due to his son's birthday wish after the lawyer turns his son down for the last time.

Release Year: 1997

Rating: 6.7/10 (99,352 voted)

Critic's Score: 68/100

Director: Tom Shadyac

Stars: Jim Carrey, Maura Tierney, Justin Cooper

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 favorite 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!

Writers: Paul Guay, Stephen Mazur

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
Mitch Ryan - Mr. Allan (as Mitchell Ryan)
Christopher Mayer - Kenneth Falk (as Chip Mayer)
Eric Pierpoint - Richard Cole
Randall 'Tex' Cobb - Skull
Cheri Oteri - Jane
SW Fisher - Pete

Taglines: Coming soon. Honest.

Release Date: 21 March 1997

Filming Locations: 1004 Highland Street, South Pasadena, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $45,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $31,423,025 (USA) (23 March 1997) (2845 Screens)

Gross: $181,395,380 (USA) (12 October 1997)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The 18 April 1996 draft of the screenplay credits Mike Binder as a writer.

Factual errors: The airport's callsign should be "Los Angeles Tower" or "Los Angeles Ground" instead of "Control 84". As for the airline, Tower Air, its radio callsign in real life is "Tee Air", and not "Tower".

Greta: [in an annoyed tone] You told me you bought this picture frame at Tiffany's. Tiffany's?
Fletcher: [high-pitched voice] Garage sale six-fifty marked down from ten.
[Greta drops picture frame and smashes]

User Review

Pants on fire

Rating: 7/10

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.

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