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Big Fat Liar (2002)

Frankie Muniz , Paul Giamatti  |  PG |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Frankie Muniz, Paul Giamatti, Amanda Bynes, Rebecca Corry, Amanda Detmer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Full Screen, Live, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: September 24, 2002
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000069HZN
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,821 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Big Fat Liar" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Spotlight on Location
  • Feature Commentary with Director Shawn Levy
  • Feature Commentary with Actor Frankie Muniz
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Trivia Challenge
  • Universal Studios Back Lot
  • Are You a Big Fat Liar?
  • Spyro Video Game Features
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Production Notes
  • Cast and Filmmakers
  • Recommendations
  • DVD-ROM Features

  • Editorial Reviews

    Product Description

    Get ready for big FAT laughs! Featuring Hollywood's hottest teen stars, Frankie Muniz (Malcolm in the Middle) and Nickelodeon's Amanda Bynes, Big Fat Liar is the hilarious revenge comedy filled with nonstop action and laugh-out-loud fun! Fourteen-year-old Jason Shepherd (Muniz) has a reputation for stretching the truth. So, when big-time Hollywood producer Marty Wolf (Paul Giamatti) steals his class paper and turns it into a smash hit movie, no one believes Jason's latest tall tale! On a cross-country adventure to set the record straight, Jason and best friend Kaylee (Bynes) devise a high-tech plan to squeeze the truth out of Wolf through a series of outrageous pranks, crazy stunts and big laughs. It's payback time - BIG TIME!

    Pitting kids against grown-ups has always been a reliable source of comedy, and Big Fat Liar indulges the "smart kid vs. dumb adult" fantasy with infectious enthusiasm. In this case it's Frankie Muniz from TV's Malcolm in the Middle, playing a Michigan eighth-grader whose penchant for lying results in parental scorn when he claims that a Hollywood movie mogul (ace character actor Paul Giamatti) has stolen the kid's hastily written English essay and turned it into his upcoming summer blockbuster. The kid only wants to prove his honesty and recruits his girlfriend (spunky TV star Amanda Bynes) to beat the honcho on his Hollywood turf. Elaborate practical jokes and slapstick gags turn this kid stuff (scripted and produced by two former child stars) into an enjoyable send-up of Hollywood absurdity. When combined with Giamatti's mastery of slow-burning megalomania, the show-biz in-jokes and Home Alone-style anarchy make this a harmless diversion for the young and young-at-heart. --Jeff Shannon

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    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Suprisingly fun to watch for adults and kids September 13, 2002
    OK, I only watched this film because it was shown on a recent transcontinental flight, and because I forgot my CD player, this seemed like the best option. I dreaded something out of the pits of Nickelodeon marketing bin, but ended up laughing out loud many times and disturbing my sleeping planemates.
    Impressive teen actor Frankie Muniz and veteran Paul Giamatti (who are both perfectly cast in their respective roles) lock horns in classic slapstick style. Unlike the "Home Alone" movies, however, the continuous battle of pranks doesn't get old as the movie rolls along. Giamatti shines as the classic evil Hollywood type, bringing back memories of his magnificent part as Pig Vomit in "Howard Stern: Private Parts." I hate to typecast him, but he plays the role to a perfection.
    Amanda Byrnes fills in nicely as the token female 'friend' of Muniz, giving the viewers a taste of gentle teen angst.
    Parents, if you have kids between the ages of 10-17, then you'll have a blast watching this movie with them, airplane or no airplane.
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable movie May 28, 2006
    A very enjoyable way to pass a couple of hours. This is not a back handed compliment in any way but my 5 year old was glued to the screen and at his age he's not supposed to understand all the nuances of a movie, but this movie is so simple and direct that he had no problem following it, way past his bedtime too.

    It's a hark back to the times when good guys were good guys and bad guys were bad guys and you definitely tell who was who (no silly de rigeur twists). An over the top acting job for Wolfy but the character asks for no other. Nice to see Lee Majors, as a stuntman no less, no doubt many will miss the significance of that. And the wunderful(sic) Donald Faison before Scrubs.

    Overall, very enjoyable for the younger and older viewers. (You see, I don't know who Amanda Byrnes and Frankie Munoz are.)
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    16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly very good! February 20, 2002
    At first, my impression on "Big Fat Liar" was that is was nothing more than dumb, Nickelodeon kid-flick; but then I saw it. I was very surprised by how it was very funny and very entertaining. I'm a big Universal Studios fan, and this movie had A LOT of Universal stuff in it, including the imfamous backlot tour and the prop shop.
    The story is very famlish, never the less, clever. Jason Shepard (TV's Malcolm in the Middle star Frankie Muniz) is a liar, straight off the bat. He lies constainly about everything, espeacialy with the whole homework excuse "My dog ate it" or "My dad is in the hospital (sniff)". But this time, his assignment was stolen...for real. While trying to get to class, he is acidentally run over (don't worry, parents. The scene is put on a cartoonish note) by a big-shot movie producer, Marty Wolf (Paul Giamatti), who has been known to be a huge jerk to people. Marty offers Jason a ride to school. While the trip, Jason tell Marty about his paper homework due, title "Big Fat Liar", a story about a compulsive liar, who gets bigger each time he lies. While being dropped off, Jason forgets his paper and Marty takes it. A few months later, Jason and his best friend, Kaylee (Nickelodeon's Amanda Byrnes) go to the movies and see a trailer for a movie called "Big Fat Liar", which immediately makes Jason furious. While Jason's parents are gone on vacation fo the summer, Jason and Kaylee take a trip to Los Angeles to find Wolf and get down to business. Along the way, they befriend a actor-turned-limo driver, named Frank (Donald Adeosun Faison) and Marty's partner at the studio, Monty Kirkham (Amanda Detmer). While Jason and Kaylee find shelter at Universal Studio's Prop shop, Jason Persues in finding Marty and getting either revenge or an appology.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Big Fat Liar ROCKS!! October 12, 2002
    By A Customer
    Oh My God, this movie was great! Amanda Bynes (The Amanda Show, All That) was great! Frankie (Malcom In The Middle) was great too! Remember Clueless the tv seires? The dude that played Murray is in it. It all begins when Jason Shepard(Muniz) doesn't do his paper for school. When he finally does do it, Marty Wolf takes it and makes a movie from it. When Jason finds out he want his best friend Kaylee(Bynes) to go to LA with him to get Wolf to admit that he stole the paper. When he doesn't admit it, Kaylee and Jason go to Plan B. Putting blue dye in his swimming Pool! I don't wanna give the whole movie away. I would go out and buy it before renting it. I know I did!
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars If I'm hatin', I'm lyin'... January 25, 2010
    As far as kids movies are concerned, there are few better than this one. I'm not usually one to gush over these kinds of movies, but this one keeps me entertained (sure, in a cheesy kind of way) each and every time I watch it. Each gag, each joke, each scene is just fun and exciting.

    Yeah, I like this one; a lot.

    The films premise is pretty cool too. Jason is a young kid of fourteen who has an issue with lying (what kid doesn't), and his bad behavior has landed him in some trouble. Jason is the definition of the `boy who cried wolf', and so when he actually tells the truth (that his essay was stolen by a movie mogul who is now plagiarizing by turning his story into a major motion picture) no one believes him; except his best friend Kaylee (but she may not even `really' believe him). When opportunity arises (as it often does in these films), Jason and Kaylee make their way to Hollywood in order to expose this creep and earn the trust of Jason's parents.

    The whole idea of young kids using their imaginations to create something excites me, because I was once that kid, dreaming of writing something so amazing it became a movie!

    The acting here is very good for a film in this genre, and character actor Paul Giamatti is at the top of the pack. I mean, when is he NOT good (don't answer that...I did see `Lady in the Water', but he was far from the worst part of that mess)? I admit to never having ever seen an episode of `Malcolm in the Middle', but I've seen a few of Frankie Muniz's movies and I really think that for a child actor he is quite good (can you believe he's not a child anymore?). Amanda Bynes is a gimmick, but she's so incredibly enjoyable (I've said this before) and I heart her so I have nothing but praise for her here as well.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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    Published 28 days ago by Ale Hartzler
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun!
    One of my all time favorite movies for sheer entertainment value, laughs and a good moral to the story. Great for all ages.
    Published 1 month ago by Susan Benson
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good family film
    I love this movie. The antagonist is such a funny character, and it has a great moral behind it. Great for kids and parents!
    Published 1 month ago by Dathylia Rivera
    5.0 out of 5 stars I well buy something?
    Do a good job on time.
    Published 1 month ago by joshua lee duvall
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    I love this movie its hilarious and a great family movie night
    Published 1 month ago by SingingGina
    4.0 out of 5 stars Big Fat Liar...
    I have to admit it, I actually liked this, fun and entertaining film! Frankie (Muniz) and Amanda (Bynes), along with Paul Giamatti carry this movie along at a good pace, laughs... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by D. S. HARDEN
    4.0 out of 5 stars Funny Blue Man
    A little dated but great for my 10 year old daughter. Our whole family (older daughters too) sat through it and enjoyed it. See another side to Paul Giamatti too. eeek.
    Published 2 months ago by C Von
    4.0 out of 5 stars funny movie
    One of my kids favorite movies.
    Published 2 months ago by Anthony Holland
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great Family Night Video
    Good, clean kid/family movie. Creative characters, good moral to the story, although the whole "don't lie to your parents" thing gets lost in humorous scene after scene of... Read more
    Published 3 months ago by kv
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good family choice
    My kids really enjoyed this movie. It is a silly kids movie with a plot that is unique, and actors, especially Paul Giamatti, how elevate the material. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by KLR
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