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Big Fat Liar [VHS]

4.3 out of 5 stars 166 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Actors: Frankie Muniz, Amanda Bynes, Paul Giamatti, Amanda Detmer, Donald Faison
  • Directors: Shawn Levy
  • Writers: Brian Robbins, Dan Schneider
  • Producers: Brian Robbins, Marie Cantin, Michael Goldman, Michael Tollin
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • VHS Release Date: September 24, 2002
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000069BJH
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,513 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

VHS TAPE, 1 hour, 28 minutes, color, digitally recorded. Stars Amanda Bynes, Frankie Muniz, and Paul Giamatti.

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By Jeffrey Jotz on September 13, 2002
Format: DVD
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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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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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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By A Customer on October 12, 2002
Format: DVD
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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Just a fun silly movie...
Ok, if you want to take something from this movie, yes it gives a message not to lie ... and if you do start a lie, admit it and atone for it.
There, the teaching moments are out of the way.

Now I can just say it's fun and light and just enjoyable whether you're a kid or if you are a kid at heart.
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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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