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Liar Liar (1997)



Critic Consensus: Despite its thin plot, Liar Liar is elevated by Jim Carrey's exuberant brand of physical humor, and the result is a laugh riot that helped to broaden the comedian's appeal.

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An attorney who tells the truth for 24 hours straight? This has got to be the movies! Fletcher Reede (Jim Carrey) is a lawyer obsessed with his career, and he's devoted his life to bending the truth to his advantage. This habit has broken up his marriage to Audrey (Maura Tierney) and isn't doing much good for his relationship with his young son Max (Justin Cooper). Fletcher repeatedly promised Max that he'll be there for Max's eighth birthday party, but when an important assignment comes up at work, Fletcher calls Audrey and makes an excuse so flimsy that even Max can see through it. When it comes time to blow out the candles on his cake, Max makes a wish: that his Dad could go just one day without telling a lie. Suddenly, Max finds himself physically incapable of saying anything that isn't true -- which, given the divorce settlement case he's just been handed, is going to make his next day in court very interesting indeed. While designed to show off a warmer and more likable side of Jim Carrey's personality, Liar Liar still revels in the broad physical comedy that made Carrey a star in Ace Ventura, Pet Detective -- which makes sense, since both were directed by Tom Shadyac. Both Carrey's fans and foes will get a chuckle out of Swoosie Kurtz's tongue-in-cheek insult to the film's star in the blooper reel that runs under the final credits. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Jim Carrey
as Fletcher Reede
Jennifer Tilly
as Samantha Cole
Maura Tierney
as Audrey Reede
Swoosie Kurtz
as Dana Appleton
Jason Bernard
as Judge Marshall Stevens
Mitchell Ryan
as Mr. Allan
Justin Cooper
as Max Reede
Chip Mayer
as Kenneth Falk
Eric Pierpoint
as Richard Cole
Ben Lemon
as Randy
Jarrad Paul
as Zit Boy
Krista Allen
as Busty Woman on Elevator
Stephen James Carver
as Police Officer
Don Keefer
as Beggar at Courthouse
Paul Roache
as Beggar at Office
Randy Oglesby
as Detective Bryson
Charlie Dell
as Restroom Man
Terry Rhoads
as Co-Pilot
Michael Leopard
as Tow Yard Employee
Ed Trotta
as Mechanic
Skip O'Brien
as Court Guard
Amanda Carlin
as Publicist
Samantha Heyman
as Cole Girl
Eric Sharp
as Sharpo the Clown
Hope Allen
as Playground Teacher
Carrie Armstrong
as Stenographer
Brandi Burkett
as Flight Attendant
Charles Emmett
as Macho Attorney
Steven M. Gagnon
as Jail Guard
Moon Jones
as Jail Guard
Rick Hill
as Jail Guard
Mike Grief
as Driver
Matthew Arkin
as Colleague
Kelly Anne Conroy
as Passenger on Plane
Richard Jones
as Passenger on Plane
Dennis Napolitano
as Piano Player
Robert Michael Adler
as Conference Room Attorney
Joe Barnaba
as Conference Room Attorney
Benjamin Brown
as Conference Room Attorney
Mark Chaet
as Conference Room Attorney
Catherine Evans
as Conference Room Attorney
Vitamin C
as Conference Room Attorney
David Fresco
as Conference Room Attorney
Sue Goodman
as Conference Room Attorney
Michael Kostroff
as Conference Room Attorney
Howard S. Miller
as Conference Room Attorney
Edward Amuwa
as Child at Party and School
Ashley Monique Clark
as Child at Party and School
Derrick Friedman
as Child at Party and School
David Kikuta
as Child at Party and School
Oliver A. Kindred
as Child at Party and School
Patrick Lawrence McTavish
as Child at Party and School
Sara Paxton
as Child at Party and School
Ashley Rumph
as Child at Party and School
Jacob Stein
as Child at Party and School
Mercedes Villamil
as Child at Party and School
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Critic Reviews for Liar Liar

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (18)

I would tell you that this is a loud, obvious, one-joke movie, but most of you would run out and pony up the eight bucks to see it anyway.

April 7, 2020 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Pretty funny, at least during those moments when it doesn't turn into goo.

April 7, 2020 | Full Review…

Carrey has never been better - that is to say funnier, or more controlled. He's reached a higher performance plateau here, playing a real human being we care about rather than a goon figure.

March 21, 2017 | Full Review…

Jim Carrey entertains himself mightily, and his enthusiasm is infectious.

September 7, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Close to an ideal jumping-off point for Carrey, who spends the better part of an hour grotesquely physicalizing his scummy lawyer's struggle with being obliged to utter cold, hard facts.

November 21, 2008

Pretty rudimentary, but it keeps Carrey's occasional over-exuberance in check and delivers likeable, effective, but decidedly mainstream comedy.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Liar Liar

The story is clever and to top it off, the over-the-top hysteria of one Jim Carrey gives audiences every reason to laugh. Liar Liar gives the honest-to-God truth and keeps you laughing towards the end. 5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

Max Reede: I wish, for just one day, Dad couldn't tell a lie.  "Would I lie to you?" Here's the thing with Liar Liar; it's just not funny. It's not and even everyone involved knows it isn't. When a concept comedy, like this should have been, is turned into an all out silly, gag fest; it undermines the genre. The concept isn't bad. A lawyer can't lie for a day because his son, whom he is constantly lying to, makes a wish that for one day he won't. It could lead to some funny court room scenes, but instead the movie rides on Jim Carey's Ace Ventura character's manifest. It's all too ridiculous to find funny. I don't dislike Jim Carey. His form of comedy works in some movies, but I don't think this is one of them. Also, I believe Carey really can act if he throws the ridiculous demeanor aside and truly just acts, like in Eternal Sunshine for the Spotless Mind. This movie really falls apart with me after we have to constantly see Carey's character screaming and twitching and God knows what else. I wouldn't go as far as to say this is a terrible movie because it has good intentions, and good intentions are good. I just think it is badly judged and goes in the complete wrong direction from where it should have. Obviously a lot of people love this movie, and for what reason, I'll never know. Even for the Jim Carey comedies that are ridiculous, this one falls very, very low for me. Watch it if you must, but just know, it's no classic.

Melvin White
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

I love this movie! I think its great, i love the concept and its truly an original highly amusing movie that Jim Carrey is perfect for! A great movie for the whole family and well worth the watch!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

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