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Liar Liar (1997)

Director:
Tom Shadyac

COUNTRY
USA

Genre
Comedy

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Lystløgneren

RUNNING TIME
86 minutes

Producer:
Brian Grazer
Screenwriters:
Paul Guay
Stephen Mazur


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Fletcher Reede Jim Carrey ½
Audrey Reede Maura Tierney ½
Max Reede Justin Cooper
Jerry Cary Elwes ½
Greta Anne Haney ½
Samantha Cole Jennifer Tilly
Miranda Amanda Donohoe -
Judge Marshall Stevens Jason Bernard -
Dana Appleton Swoosie Kurtz -
Mr. Allan Mitchell Ryan -
Kenneth Falk Chip Mayer -

 

Review

Tom Shadyac and Jim Carrey capitalized on the funny man's recent success with this somewhat more family friendly comedy. Carrey plays an unscrupulous lawyer whose 6-year-old son is disappointed by his father time and time again and ultimately makes a birthday wish that his dad won't be able to lie for a whole day. It's a simple premise of classic proportions which is brilliantly suited for Carrey's rubber-face antics and magnificent physical comedy. And thanks to funny bits of writing from Shadyac (and an uncredited Steve Oedekerk) the team were able to make the most of it. When Carrey walks around in the stiff, unforgiving world of law firms and courtrooms having to tell the truth about his observations on various despicable characters and his own selfishness and shortcomings, you're watching with a gleeful, childlike anticipation. It's Carrey's gift to be able to say and do these things without coming off as annoying or boorish. And in Liar Liar, we even get a portion of warmth and sensitivity to boot.

Re-reviewed: Copyright © 28.01.2022 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang
Original review: Copyright © 17.07.1997 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang