Liar Liar (1997)


Movie Review

Directed by: Tom Shadyac

Starring: Jim Carrey, Maura Tierney, and Justin Cooper

Fletcher Reede (Jim Carrey) has a blooming career as an attorney.  He's just won a case that's made him a viable candidate to make partner at his law firm.  He's gotten to this happy point in his career by lying—not only in his work life but in his home life as well.  He lied his way into a divorce from his wife Audrey (Maura Tierney) and he lied his way into a strained relationship with his son Max (Justin Cooper).  Fletcher picks up Max for his birthday to take him to see a live wrestling show as he had promised.  Instead, he and Max stay at the office where Fletcher picks up the biggest case of his career.  Afterwards, he promises Max he will play catch with him at his birthday party the next night.  However, he ends up having a sexual episode with a partner who could help boost his career.  Max, in turn, makes a wish—that his father could not tell a lie for just one day.  Max's wish comes true and turns into Fletcher's worst nightmare.  In order to win the biggest case of his career and make partner, Fletcher has to bend the truth a bit, which he can't do when he goes to court today.

Jim Carrey is in his prime for Liar Liar and has never been more hilarious on the big screen.  He is insanely funny as the fast-talking attorney Fletcher Reede.  This comedy is a one-man show, and Carrey delivers the goods.  If anyone were to ever try any of Carrey's courtroom antics in real life, that person would leave the building in a straitjacket. This outrageous flick is a comedic gem that belongs on anyone's bucket list.  You must see Liar Liar.



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