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Liar Liar (Full Screen Edition)

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In this uproarious hit from the director and producers of The Nutty Professor, comic genius Jim Carrey stars as a fast-talking attorney and habitual liar who, forced by his son's birthday wish, must tell the truth for the next 24 hours. Co-starring Jennifer Tilly, Swoosie Kurtz and Amanda Donohoe. Siskel & Ebert give Liar Liar "Two thumbs up!"

Recovering from the box-office disappointment of The Cable Guy, Jim Carrey gave his fans what they wanted in this good-natured and frequently hilarious 1997 comedy. In a vehicle tailor-made for his verbal and physical antics, Carrey plays a lawyer whose penchant for prevarication is tested when his son makes a birthday wish that his father would tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth for 24 hours, so help him God! Without his daily defense of white lies, selfish fibs, and outright deception, the helpless lawyer finds himself blurting uncensored truths with total, and totally outrageous, candor. The script is clever enough to milk the premise for all it's worth, but it's Carrey's energy--particularly in a hilarious bathroom scene where he literally mugs himself to delay a trial--that keeps the movie going to its sappy happy ending. The supporting cast includes Jennifer Tilly, Cary Elwes, and Amanda Donohoe. --Jeff Shannon

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    • Actors: Jim Carrey, Maura Tierney, Jennifer Tilly, Justin Cooper, Cary Elwes
    • Directors: Tom Shadyac
    • Writers: Paul Guay, Stephen Mazur
    • Producers: Brian Grazer
    • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
    • Subtitles: English, Spanish
    • Dubbed: 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-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
    • Studio: Universal Studios
    • DVD Release Date: January 20, 1998
    • Run Time: 87 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (422 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: 0783225512
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,348 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Liar Liar (Full Screen Edition)" on IMDb

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    18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Brian E. Erland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 19, 2006
    Format: DVD
    What happens when little Max Reede (Justin Cooper) blows out the candles on his birthday cake and wishes his Dad couldn't lie anymore? Fletcher (Jim Carrey) an unscrupulous lawyer (is there any other kind?) happens to be Max's father. When the birthday wish becomes reality things quickly begin to fall apart for poor Fletcher. After all, what good is a lawyer who can't lie? One thing is certain, Fletcher is about to discover how much the truth can both hurt and heal.

    First let me say that I'm not generally a Jim Carrey fan. I find his films inane, vapid and predictable. That along with his excessively loud, over-the-town acting style absolutely drives me crazy. With that said, I must now confess that I've found one exception to that rule. That exception is the unrelentingly hilarious 'Liar Liar.'

    All the things that drive me insane about Jim Carrey somehow work wonderfully in this film. It also contains a cast of some of my favorites; Maura Tierney as Fletcher's ex-wife Audrey and Cary Elwes as her new love interest Jerry. I also have to mention the very sexy Krista Allen makes a brief but memorable appearance as the 'girl in the elevator.'
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    14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Elijah Chingosho on May 8, 2006
    Format: DVD
    This is a stunning comedy starring Jim Carrey who plays a lawyer, who is incapable of telling the truth or keeping his promises (is this really a surprise!!!). Things make a dramatic turn, when he fails to keep a promise to turn up at his son's birthday party: the neglected son (brilliantly played by Justin Cooper as Max Reede) makes a wish for his father not to lie for just one day. The boy's wish is granted and his dad loses his ability to lie, a tragic affliction for any lawyer. He cannot lie in court as well as to all those around him, like his secretary and mother.

    This now honest man displays his comic talents that is bound to set you laughing your lungs out. Carrey is ably supported by his ex-wife Audrey (Maura Tierney) who is now dating Cary Elwes, a simpleton of a man.

    This is one of Jim Carrey's best films. His facial contortions, voice and crazy humour stands him out as an outstanding comedian. This is as good as it gets. The director, Tom Shadyac should be applauded for this high quality production.

    This movie should not be missed by anyone with a sense of humour and all those fathers who neglect their children for the sake of making money.
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    23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Littrell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 20, 2002
    Format: VHS Tape
    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 [expensive] 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.
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    13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Levi on April 16, 2006
    Format: DVD
    Let me start by saying that I absolutely love Jim Carrey. I think he's a very talented actor, and he always gets me rolling with laughter. I think he's holywood's funniest actor since the late Walter Matthau.

    Unfourtunately though, some of Carrey's movies have been disappointments (most notably: Cable Guy and Ace Ventura 2). Whether due to lack of a good running storyline, or due to just over-the-top silliness.

    'Liar, Liar', however, does not disappoint. It reveals Carrey in all his hillarious glory. It's got a great cohesive plot about a pathological liar who is suddenly stripped of that ability due to a wish his little kid made. Carrey is very funny, partly because he reminds us so much of ourselves, and how much lies we tell to cover over different parts of our lives.

    Watch this movie. It is more than just funny. It is thoroughly entertaining and leaves us with some great life-lessons as well.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brandon A. Coles on April 13, 2006
    Format: DVD
    One of the greatest comedy films ever created in my opinion, "Liar Liar" is absolutely fall-out, laugh-out-loud funny!! From the producer that brought us "Nutty Professor," (Brian Grazer) and the director of hits like, "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" & "Patch Adams," (Tom Shadyac) "Liar Liar" is a big hit and probably Jim Carrey's finest and most complete comedic performance. I have said before that Jim Carrey is one of the few actors that can blend the obviously hilarious antics with a dash of his heartwarming, emotional talent. From start to finish, I couldn't stop laughing at this film!! Carrey plays a divorced attorney named Fletcher Reede, who habitually "stretches the truth." Spearheaded by an effervescent cast, which includes Jennifer Tilly, as Samantha Cole, a lascivious client of Reede's trying to survive an infidelity case. Also appearing in the film is Swoosie Kurtz, Amanda Donohoe, Maura Tierney as Audrey, Fletcher's ex-wife, Cary Elwes as Jerry, Audrey's boyfriend ("Magoo!"), the late Jason Bernard (Judge Marshall Stevens), and a breakout performance by Justin Cooper, who plays Max, Fletcher's son, that makes a wish for his dad not to lie for at least one day during his birthday party. Every blunder and every scene was gut-busting! This movie is even more funny than "Bruce Almighty," which was yet another hit comedy reuniting the Jim Carrey/Tom Shadyac tandem. A bonus is the extra features within the film, featuring an informative featurette called, "Bridging the Comedy Chasm," a photo gallery, a gag reel, and a deleted scene [which I think should have been added to the film. It includes an appearance from Randall "Tex" Cobb]. This is a vastly entertaining, good-natured, family comedy!!
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