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LIAR LIAR

SYNOPSIS:
Unlike your average lawyer, hotshot young attorney Fletcher Reede (Carrey) is prone to exaggerating, distorting and bending the truth. He’s a liar, his five year old young son thinks. (Lawyer?, the teacher suggests. The boy shrugs.) Exasperated by his lies, his son makes a birthday wish that daddy be unable to lie for one whole day. Reede suddenly learns that his biggest asset - his mouth - suddenly becomes his biggest liability. Speaking the truth gets him into a lot of bother. He tries to gag himself, mug himself but nothing works - until he changes himself.

"An interesting script coupled with Jim Carrey’s talents brings a lot of laughs. This is the first film where a Carrey character actually shows some normality - in parts. Previous roles in Ace Ventura, The Mask and Dumb & Dumber all showcase Carrey as one real whacko, weirdo eccentric. As compulsive liar, hotshot attorney Fletcher Reede, (complete with all the Carrey mannerisms), for much of the film he is that familiar character who uses his hugely expressive face and vast imagination to present the most unlikely details of life in a different way. We see (for the first time) a side of the character that is - can I say it - almost ‘normal?’ This is the aspect that represents the loving father. And this contrast of the over-the-top with the ‘norm’ makes the rest of the film much funnier. Carrey is given plenty of scope to unleash his imaginative craziness. I mean, can you imagine making a fight with a blue pen hysterically funny? Or stabbing yourself with a phone? It is really a spoof on lawyer jokes. "What does your daddy do?" asks the teacher. "He’s a liar," says the five year old. "Oh a lawyer…" The humour is at times so off the wall, and how Fletcher manages to win his all-important court case is gut-wrenchingly funny. The support cast all play it straight most effectively, but Jennifer Tilly, so memorable in Bound, seems miscast as the buxom client accused of adultery. Stick around after the film as the credits roll, for some of the takes that didn’t make the final cut. These give an insight into the improvisational style of Jim Carrey."
Louise Keller

"Jim Carrey has always been an acquired taste, and many of his films have been little more than a vehicle for his often annoying brand of physical comedy. It seems that beneath the comic gesticulations of the actor, depth lurks. This is evidenced by Carrey's work in Liar, Liar, his most accessible and funniest film to date. Funny, not because of the imaginative way in which he can stretch a jaw muscle, but a sense of originality combined with a genuinely hilarious situation. The film beautifully pokes fun at the legal profession as well as the whole notion of truth and flattery, all of which are tied together. Carrey's Fletcher is merely a slight exaggeration of us all, who gently lie and deceive our way through life. Perhaps our own lives, relationships and work ethic would be so very different if we were forced to be truthful. What a concept! That is what make Liar, Liar so inventively comic, so deliciously appealing, and why Carrey's performance has more range and humanity to it than he's ever delivered before. Perhaps it can be argued that this is a one-joke movie, but what a joke it is."
Paul Fischer

"It seems to me ironic that a contemporary Hollywood film make such a big deal about liars and lawyers, all in the same breath. The heart of the film is in the morality of telling the truth: and Hollywood knows how to lay on the truth. Anyway, pulling all the right strings, the script manages to set us up for the antics of an anti-hero who finds salvation in the face of his innocent five year old, whose wish to have him unable to lie shows him just how much he relies on lies to live his life. The choice bits involve a sexual encounter and a legal encounter. Carrey continues to deliver the 90s Jerry Lewis but here combined with hints of his own charming and level persona, to make an effective comedy that is exactly what you anticipate. It isn’t for everyone, but neither is peanut butter with jam."
Andrew L. Urban

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Father and son

LIAR LIAR
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CAST: Jim Carrey, Maura Tierney, Jennifer Tilly, Swoosie Kurtz, Amanda Donohoe, Jason Bernard, Mitchell Ryan, Anne Haney, Justin Cooper and Cary Elwes

DIRECTOR: Tom Shadyac

PRODUCER: Brian Grazer

SCRIPT: Paul Guay & Stephen Mazur

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Russell Boyd

EDITOR: Don Zimmerman

MUSIC: John Debney

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Linda DeScenna

RUNNING TIME: 90 minutes

 

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: June 19, 1997

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: UIP

AUSTRALIAN VIDEO DISTRIBUTOR: CIC VIDEO

AUSTRALIAN VIDEO RELEASE:Oct 15, 1998

RRP: $29.95







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