Liar Liar

1997

Liar Liar

Critics Consensus

Despite its thin plot, Liar Liar is elevated by Jim Carrey's exuberant brand of physical humor, and the result is a laugh riot that helped to broaden the comedian's appeal.

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An attorney who tells the truth for 24 hours straight? This has got to be the movies! Fletcher Reede (Jim Carrey) is a lawyer obsessed with his career, and he's devoted his life to bending the truth to his advantage. This habit has broken up his marriage to Audrey (Maura Tierney) and isn't doing much good for his relationship with his young son Max (Justin Cooper). Fletcher repeatedly promised Max that he'll be there for Max's eighth birthday party, but when an important assignment comes up at work, Fletcher calls Audrey and makes an excuse so flimsy that even Max can see through it. When it comes time to blow out the candles on his cake, Max makes a wish: that his Dad could go just one day without telling a lie. Suddenly, Max finds himself physically incapable of saying anything that isn't true -- which, given the divorce settlement case he's just been handed, is going to make his next day in court very interesting indeed. While designed to show off a warmer and more likable side of Jim Carrey's personality, Liar Liar still revels in the broad physical comedy that made Carrey a star in Ace Ventura, Pet Detective -- which makes sense, since both were directed by Tom Shadyac. Both Carrey's fans and foes will get a chuckle out of Swoosie Kurtz's tongue-in-cheek insult to the film's star in the blooper reel that runs under the final credits. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast

Jim Carrey
as Fletcher Reede
Jennifer Tilly
as Samantha Cole
Maura Tierney
as Audrey Reede
Swoosie Kurtz
as Dana Appleton
Jason Bernard
as Judge Marshall Stevens
Mitchell Ryan
as Mr. Allan
Justin Cooper
as Max Reede
Chip Mayer
as Kenneth Falk
Eric Pierpoint
as Richard Cole
Ben Lemon
as Randy
Jarrad Paul
as Zit Boy
Krista Allen
as Busty Woman on Elevator
Stephen James Carver
as Police Officer
Don Keefer
as Beggar at Courthouse
Paul Roache
as Beggar at Office
Randy Oglesby
as Detective Bryson
Charlie Dell
as Restroom Man
Terry Rhoads
as Co-Pilot
Michael Leopard
as Tow Yard Employee
Ed Trotta
as Mechanic
Skip O'Brien
as Court Guard
Amanda Carlin
as Publicist
Samantha Heyman
as Cole Girl
Eric Sharp
as Sharpo the Clown
Hope Allen
as Playground Teacher
Carrie Armstrong
as Stenographer
Brandi Burkett
as Flight Attendant
Charles Emmett
as Macho Attorney
Steven M. Gagnon
as Jail Guard
Moon Jones
as Jail Guard
Rick Hill
as Jail Guard
Mike Grief
as Driver
Matthew Arkin
as Colleague
Kelly Anne Conroy
as Passenger on Plane
Richard Jones
as Passenger on Plane
Dennis Napolitano
as Piano Player
Robert Michael Adler
as Conference Room Attorney
Joe Barnaba
as Conference Room Attorney
Benjamin Brown
as Conference Room Attorney
Mark Chaet
as Conference Room Attorney
Catherine Evans
as Conference Room Attorney
Vitamin C
as Conference Room Attorney
David Fresco
as Conference Room Attorney
Sue Goodman
as Conference Room Attorney
Michael Kostroff
as Conference Room Attorney
Howard S. Miller
as Conference Room Attorney
Edward Amuwa
as Child at Party and School
Ashley Monique Clark
as Child at Party and School
Derrick Friedman
as Child at Party and School
David Kikuta
as Child at Party and School
Oliver A. Kindred
as Child at Party and School
Patrick Lawrence McTavish
as Child at Party and School
Sara Paxton
as Child at Party and School
Ashley Rumph
as Child at Party and School
Jacob Stein
as Child at Party and School
Mercedes Villamil
as Child at Party and School
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  • Dec 01, 2013
    Sometimes I think it would be nice to live in a world where everyone has to tell the truth.
    Juli R Super Reviewer
  • Aug 03, 2013
    Liar Liar is easily one of Jim Carrey's most over-the-top performances. The premise of a lawyer not being able to tell a lie for 24 hours because his son made it his birthday wish is clearly an implausible one, but if you can put that aside, you're in for a funny and sweet movie. Carrey is always fun to watch. It takes a good 45 minutes for things to get really good, but final act is fantastic movie magic.
    Kevin M Super Reviewer
  • May 06, 2013
    The story is clever and to top it off, the over-the-top hysteria of one Jim Carrey gives audiences every reason to laugh. Liar Liar gives the honest-to-God truth and keeps you laughing towards the end. 5/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 24, 2012
    A cliche father son relationship is the only thing holding this movie back. Otherwise, this is one of Jim Carrey's best films! The hysterical dialogue, the unforgettable performance by Carrey, and the hilarious situations make this a must watch!
    Joey T Super Reviewer

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