Liar Liar Movie

Back in 1997, I remember seeing a poster Advertising the Liar Liar movie as a kid and thinking how hilarious it was. This was before a new multiplex opened and destroyed every movie theater in 25 miles. Before that happened, though, I knew I had to see Jim Carrey and the rest of the classic cast. With names like Jennifer Tilly, Krista Allen, Amanda Donahue, Justin Cooper and Samantha Cole, who would not want to check it out? Jim Carrey was on a role. He was writing his own comedy sketches for a little show called In Living Color before he was cast in a terribly written movie called Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. It was destined to bomb, with no hope of being saved. That is, until Jim Carrey saved the day with his outlandish character acting that led to him being a big-name actor.

The plot of the movie Liar Liar that a lawyer, who feels he must lie for his profession, ends up lying throughout every aspect of his life. This causes his son to make a birthday wish that forces the main character, played by Jim Carrey, to not lie for 24 hours. This plot allows for a seemingly infinite amount of comedy situations. Since he is a lawyer, and lying is a major part of his job, the comedy is multiplied.

I loved the Liar Liar movie as a kid because it seemed to be a fun family movie. Although I must use the term “family movie” loosely, because there is cursing throughout. Many four-letter words are just the tip of the iceberg of which I assume led to a pg-13 rating. Not to mention that there are sub-themes like adultery, which is not exactly something I would like my child to understand intimately before they hit puberty.

If you come across Liar Liar on DVD or see it online on Netflix or Hulu or something, be sure to watch it. It’s a fun movie, as I’ve said, and it attributes all of Jim Carrey’s positive traits. Unfortunately, his comedy style begins to go stale after doing films like Bruce Almighty, where the premise and script is funnier than Jim Carrey himself.

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