Liar Liar

After his son makes a birthday wish that magically comes true, an evasive lawyer finds himself incapable of telling a lie for 24 hours.

Year: 1997
Certificate: 12
Runtime: 1hr 26m
Director: Tom Shadyac
Starring: Jim CarreyMaura TierneyJustin CooperCary ElwesAnne HaneyJennifer TillyAmanda DonohoeJason BernardSwoosie KurtzMitchell Ryan

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The seemingly often forgotten gem in Jim Carrey’s onslaught of farcical comedies that came from the 90’s into the 2000’s “Liar Liar” has perhaps some of the best memories for me.

Carrey plays Fletcher – a loving, but often absent, father whose habit of placing his job as a lawyer above his son Max has put a great strain on his relationship with him and his ex wife. Feeling let down one too many times Max makes a wish that for one day his father can’t lie hoping it will prevent Fletcher from not being able to go back on his promises he makes to him. What follows is Fletcher attempting to navigate his job as a lawyer and father without the ability to lie.

The concept of “Liar Liar” is perhaps a little on the cheesy side and in the wrong hands could certainly have gone horribly wrong – but thankfully, as like many Carrey movies from that era, the plot only exists as a vehicle to allow Carrey to act totally bonkers for 90 minutes and I am still here for it 25 years later.

The cast all do a great job and have great chemistry together with special notice given to a young Justin Cooper playing Max. His relationship with Carrey on screen was essential to sell the concept of the movie and even though one may question if a child his age may say some of the lines he is given, overall it works.

While it may appear a little dated now “Liar Liar” is still a very entertaining Jim Carrey slapstick affair which is still very much worth your time.

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