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||Jim Carrey, Maura Tierney, Cary Elwes, Amanda Donohoe,
Jennifer Tilly, Justin Cooper
Some jokes might go over the younger ones heads, and
there are some swear words so it's your choice.
Nope, just some innuendos and pushed-up breasts.
Only when Jim Carrey beats the crap out of himself in the
No "Die Hard" here.
Lots of them.
In the courtroom when he can't lie, in the elevator with
the new tenant, and his "roasting" of his co-workers.
Too many for my little brain to remember.
I remember seeing Jim Carrey when he was a
relative nobody. It was right before "Ace Ventura - Pet Detective"
opened, and he was doing his stand-up act for about 800 college
students at my alma mater. His TV career was starting to get a little
stale (just how many times could you laugh at his "Fire Marshall
Bill" routine), but during that stand-up act he previewed that coming
soon to a theater near you would be a comedic style not seen in
years. "Ace Ventura" opened and the rest, as they say, is history,
well at least until "The Cable Guy." People became afraid of their
comic hero when he displayed a dark side, it was like seeing your
always-joking best friend decide to beat the crap out of somebody in
a bar. Critics started saying this was the end of the career of Jim
Carrey, that he finally lost his edge, that his brand of comedy had
grown scary and stale, and that maybe, just maybe, it was over. And
then comes "Liar Liar."
A Movie Review
The general premise for "Liar Liar" isn't new - somebody's not
happy with their life so they make a wish it would change. I'm
usually reminded of many a movie where the son wishes he could trade
places with his father. They are usually very predictable but have
the potential for lots of laughs. The problem is the actors generally
sucked, couldn't hold a comedic scene to save their life, and the
movie ends up being a bore. What's the difference between those bad
films and "Liar Liar?" Jim Carrey.
"Liar Liar" is the story of a high-class lawyer, Fletcher Reed
(Jim Carrey), who has this tremendous ability to twist the truth
around so his usually guilty clients get off or get awarded huge
settlements. He's a workaholic, trying to sleep his way into a
partnership at the law firm, and keeps forgetting the promises he
makes to his son, Max, played by the adorable Justin Cooper. Fletcher
is divorced from the "no supermodel - she's just nice" (my favorite
type) Audrey (Maura Tierney), and she's starting to get really pissed
that the father to her son keeps disappointing the little dude. This
has her in such a tizzy that she's thinking of heading to Boston with
her dorky new boyfriend and take Max with her.
So, Fletcher ends up missing Max's birthday party, Max decides to
wish that his father can't lie for one whole day, and the comedic
genius that is Jim Carrey really explodes on the screen. Through
professing his true feelings of his sexual episode, to a hilarious
telling of his co-workers what he really thinks of them, to a
courtroom scene of constant laughs as Fletcher tries to figure out
any way he can honestly win his case, Jim Carrey works his face and
his body into more expressions and contortions than there are
positions in the Kama Sutra. This is his gift to this movie - using
his body to express the shear frustration of telling the truth.
Why can Jim Carrey make your standard "I wish . . ." movie work?
Maybe it's because he isn't serious at the wrong times, maybe because
he shows the torment we might feel had we try to go through 24 hours
of telling exactly what is on our minds, and maybe it's just because
he has every facial expression and body movement to express the "what
the hell is going on" attitude perfectly. All the while being haunted
by having to tell the truth you do get to see a serious side to
Fletcher, you get to see an enlightening, you get a "family" message,
but none of it drowns out the real comedic element - that being
Fletcher losing his ability to lie.
If you're saying "I'll bet this movie is predicable. I'll bet he
makes his son happy. I'll even bet Fletcher becomes a kind-hearted
guy rather than the scum-bag lawyer he starts out as," well, you're
right - this movie isn't about surprise endings or making you wonder
what is going to happen next. If that's what you're looking for, a
movie that's surprising, go and see "Crash" and figure out how car
crashes can be sexually stimulating. Nope, "Liar Liar" is about a
premise so simple, being forced to always tell the truth, and how
truly difficult it can be. But along with being difficult, it also
shows that by being forced to tell the truth for a day will force you
to look at your life and how it really affects those around you.
Maybe best summed up by this little cutie I was walking behind as
we were leaving the theater, she says "I haven't laughed that hard in
weeks." Laughs are plenty in this movie, and it does have that
message about what it takes to be a good father and parent, but there
are still some adult jokes that might go over some of the youngin's
heads. Just remember, as you're leaving the theater and you're son or
daughter asks you what the "jugs" are that Fletcher was talking about
in the elevator, don't go telling them they are bottles that milk
used to come in, although, I guess you really wouldn't be lying,
This movie is a comedy, a great one at that, and has Jim Carrey
being his explosive best. But you know, deep inside you can almost
see Jim Carrey being a serious actor rather than always going over
the top, and scary as it might sound, his next move might just be a
serious role. Will it work - only time and a great script will tell.
Maybe his facial expressions and "alrighty then" attitude are
starting to get stale like his "Fire Marshall Bill" character was
getting when I saw him doing stand-up years ago. I'm just glad they
didn't lose their freshness before "Liar Liar" or it could have been
a disaster like many of the "I wish . . ." movies from years gone by.
It's 4 stars out of 5 for "Liar Liar" and that's it for this one!
I'm the Dude on the Right! L8R!!