Review 380: Liar Liar (1997)
I am still a defender of Jim Carrey movies. Ace Ventura was a film that I use to watch and watch as a kid. Liar Liar isn’t my favorite of his, but it’s a solid comedy with quotable lines. When my daughter was much younger, the claw was a frequent visitor of our home. It was on TV and I decided to watch it again for the first time in several years. I give Liar Liar the Not Quite Golden, Ponyboy rating.
Fletcher Reede (Jim Carrey) is a liar and that’s helped him become a powerful defense attorney. However, his lies extend to his ex-wife, Audrey (Maura Tierney), and son, Max (Justin Cooper). Max makes a birthday wish that his dad can’t lie for 24 hours, and it really messes Fletcher’s world up.
Jim Carrey gives a great comedic performance in this film. My favorite has to be him trying to say the blue pen is red. It’s just him and the pen in his office. He’s determined that he needs to start with a simply lie and everything will be back to normal. At this point, he doesn’t know that Max wished this on him. However, he soon finds that he can’t lie at all and the pen seeks its karmic vengeance. It’s a funny moment with a great performance by Jim Carrey.
The story is predictable, but the premise really works for comedy. Although, a similar story is found in the Yes Man. Another Jim Carrey vehicle that I actually enjoy more. It’s not as kid friendly as Liar Liar, but most of the beats are the same. Rather than not being able to tell a lie he has to say “yes” to everything. If you’re a fan of Liar Liar than I definitely recommend checking out the Yes Man.