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Comedy - Family

Liar Liar (1997)

Duration1h 26m
RatingsUK: 12, USA: PG-13, Spain: 7 
Source of storyAn original screenplay
DirectorTom Shadyac
Writers/ScriptPaul Guay, Stephen Mazur
StarringJim Carrey, Maura Tierney, Cary Elwes, Amanda Donohoe, Jennifer Tilly
RatingsIMDb: 6.9/10.  Rotten Tomatoes: 82% by 62 reviewers. Review2view: 4/10.

Elevator Pitch: Fletcher Reede is a divorced father of a young boy. They have a loving relationship, except that Fletcher is an unreliable liar. When he fails to turn up for Max’s birthday party, instead having sex with Miranda his boss, with the hope of getting a promotion, Max blows out his birthday cake candles and makes a wish that Fletcher will always tell the truth.  He is engaged in a particularly difficult divorce case so telling the truth against his own will causes him a lot of problems, but accidentally he wins by getting his client to tell the truth. But Audrey, his ex wife, has a boyfriend who is going to take her and Max away to Boston, casing Fletcher to go to extreme measures to prevent it taking place.

Content: There is sex, but off camera. No drinking or smoking. A lot of time spent in the courtroom as Fletcher gurns and gyrates in his attempts not to tell the truth. Time spent with his son, and the exasperated but attractive ex-wife. A final scene as he chases an aircraft on the runway using a mobile set of aircraft access steps.

A View: If there is one thing in favour of this outing it is the length at less than 90 minutes. I admit to not being a Jim Carrey fan. I find his facial contortions irritating. This is apparently not true of the rest of the cast and the extras, who seemed to be in fits of laughter, shown in the out takes during the closing credits. Jim Carrey only has one act. If you like it this could be for you. It did make a load of money, if not give it a miss.

Since I’m not keen on the Carrey form of entertainment I admit to avoiding his films, but I did quite like The Mask .

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