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Jakob Heym (Robin Williams in overbearingly earnest mode) gets tangled in a string of self-perpetuating lies about a hidden radio, supposedly broadcasting news that the victorious Red Army is nearing. His desperate attempts to convince a clutch of insistently idiosyncratic friends (clichés to a man: Liev Schreiber, Bob Balaban, Michael Jeter, Alan Arkin) and obligatory Nazi bad guys that the radio doesn't exist are complicated by the fact that he's stashed a fugitive kid (a dead ringer--sorry!--for Anne Frank) in his attic--and by abundant evidence that lies are the best medicine for the ghetto's skyrocketing suicide rate. Copious unfunny misunderstandings and pratfalls eventuate in this Holocaust rendition of Fiddler on the Roof (you expect Williams to break into song: "If I were a funny man...."). Ultimately, Jakob the Liar loses its way for good in some very ugly violence and a rather nasty final twist: the film's ending might just be rubbing our noses in another feel-good lie. --Kathleen Murphy
The supporting cast does their job well.
An interesting angle to look at the Holocaust, it serves as one of the better movies to introduce younger audiences to that odious period of human history.
Ultimately, the movie ends like all movies of this type do, but it's hard to feel all bad about its outcome.
Heartwarming and moving performances...especially by Robin Williams!Published 26 days ago by Avid Amazonian
Very good reminder of how the Jews have suffered, and Robin Williams does a super SUPER job.Published 27 days ago by krystina
An excellent movie and it shows how the Jewish people suffered under the nazis. Plan to show it to a grand daughter who is very interested in WW2Published 1 month ago by 50 fan
Such a terrible time of history, but Robin Williams made it watchable.Published 1 month ago by Thomas E. Hayes