Liar Liar (1997)


“It is only out of sheer morbid curiosity that I am allowing this freak show to continue.” – Judge Stevens

Number of Times Seen – 2 (Cable in the 90’s and 12 Dec 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A busy Lawyer’s son males a wish on hos birthday that his father won’t be able to tell a lie for a day.

My Take on it – I knew there was a reason I never rewatched this film until now.

It’s just not very good.

This film came out at the height of Jim Carrey’s career and with the juvenile humor, it fits into his resume very well.

The problem is that the plot isn’t very good and also isn’t really geared towards kids because the themes are more adult related.

Maura Tierney is the female lead and she must choose between her ex-husband (Carrey) and her new boyfriend (Cary Elwes).

The problem is that neither of these men really seem to be a good fit for her there is no chemistry between any of them and her character deserves something much better than either of these choices.

The plot itself has a few clever ideas that work that help make this film not be a total waste but it still all remains pretty average the entire time.

Bottom Line – Carrey is perfect for this role because it is so physical. The story itself is mediocre and most of the jokes are meant as juvenile humor instead of it seeming more adult like. The problem is that this film isn’t geared towards kids due to some of the themes discussed. It’s really hard to imagine Tierney being in love with either Carrey or Elwes because her chemistry with them both is not right…she deserves much better.  The plot has a few clever ideas thrown in that work but it’s not more than average overall.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to an interview with Jim Carrey, he says that the gag of Fletcher chasing his son as “The Claw” was something Carrey’s father did to him and his siblings. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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