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You Could Die Laughing with "Liar, Liar"!

Updated on October 18, 2016
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Ms. Charito is a Filipino based in Manila. She has worked as an executive assistant and a journalist. She is a widow with a grown-up son.

No Jim Carrey comedy has entertained me more than Liar, Liar. Each time I play my DVD copy, I laugh my head off from start to finish! And my kudos to director Tom Shadyac and screenwriters Paul Guay and Stephen Mazur for creating this brilliant piece.

Carrey, to me, is the modern Jerry Lewis whose slapstick humor I enjoy rewatching. In this movie, he says lines and performs stunts that are so Lewis’ style that they keep me highly entertained.

I admire the comedian for such comic prowess. I know for a fact that it’s more difficult for an actor to play a funny role than a dramatic role, since it takes great effort to amuse an audience. (Failing to do so only means that the comedy had flopped!)

About the story

Carrey plays Fletcher Reede, a successful lawyer whose constant lying ironically makes him one of California’s best defense lawyers. But he comically goes berserk when his young son, Max (played by Justin Cooper), makes a heartfelt birthday wish that for one day - his dad wouldn’t lie!

The film opens with an amusing classroom scene where the teacher asks her young students to share something about their parents’ profession. When his turn comes, Max innocently says, “My dad? He's... a liar.” The teacher is horrified until the boy explains that his dad “wears a suit and goes to court and talks to the judge.”

Liar, Liar is packed with delightfully laughable scenes where Fletcher’s truth-telling leads him to a series of embarrassing events.



What is WRONG with me? I'm getting what I deserve. I'm reaping what I sow. I'm... (covers his mouth)

— Fletcher Reede
Fletcher (Jim Carrey) desperately tries to lie that the pen isn’t blue!
Fletcher (Jim Carrey) desperately tries to lie that the pen isn’t blue! | Source

One of my favorites is the board meeting scene where Fletcher roasts everyone and even calls the firm’s senior partner, Mr. Allen (played by Mitchell Ryan), “a belligerent old fart, a worthless steaming pile of cow dung.” Then, there’s that pen scene where he struggles to convince himself that the blue pen he is holding is color “ruh-ruh-ruh-ruh-reeeeeeeeeeehhh..“ (he just can’t say “red”!) Still another scene that tickles me is the courtroom hearing where, after proving the minor age of his client, Samantha Cole (played by Jennifer Tilly), Fletcher openly declares, “And the truth shall set you free!”

On the other characters

Liar, Liar is not simply a comedy, but a heartwarming film that brings out the best in family life and human relationships.

If there’s one character in the movie I like, it’s Fletcher’s old secretary, Greta (played by Anne Haney) who, after leaving her boss for unintentionally telling her some truths, bails him out after he is momentarily jailed for contempt of court. Having been a secretary with a kind male boss, I like how this old lady attends to Fletcher’s needs, even buying the birthday gift for Max.

I must say I am hurt by the scene where Samantha Cole – despite winning her case - pulls her kids away from their father. I find this so nasty of her – and I can’t help detesting her. It’s bad enough that she cheated on her husband.


Samantha Cole (Jennifer Tilly) watches Fletcher make a fool of himself in court.
Samantha Cole (Jennifer Tilly) watches Fletcher make a fool of himself in court. | Source

As for Audrey (played by Maura Tierney), Fletcher’s estranged wife, I commend her for being extremely patient of her ex-husband’s shortcomings, which not too many women can do these days.

As in most comedies, what’s uplifting about the film is that it ends happily with Fletcher and Audrey literally kissing and making up on Max’s succeeding birthday. It ends more amusingly with Fletcher doing his trademark hand “claw” and affectionately chasing Audrey and Max with it. (My late husband and I used to enjoy doing the “claw” to our son when he was little.)

Like the other popular Carrey comedies such as Bruce Almighty, The Truman Show and Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Liar, Liar is one movie that’s worth rewatching with family and friends.

Here are some hilarious scenes!

Hilarious board meeting scene

"And the truth shall set you free!"

Here are other great Jim Carrey comedies:

Liar Liar (Collector's Edition)
Liar Liar (Collector's Edition)

Have fun watching this lawyer blurt out outrageous truths!

 
Mr. Popper's Penguins
Mr. Popper's Penguins

A touching story of how a man and his family look after the creatures from Antartica.

 

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      Namsak 3 years ago

      This was a fun movie. The Jim Carrey movie I really liked was 'Bruce Almighty'. Good review.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      @Namsak: Thanks! Best regards!

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      sukkran trichy 3 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      wonderful movie review here. it is tempt me to see the cinema at once.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      @sukkran trichy: Thanks. Hope you enjoy the movie.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      @jc stone: Yes, it really is a great movie!

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      Flora Crew 3 years ago from Evanston, Illinois

      I am usually not fond of slap stick but I watched this movie with my friend who is and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This was a good presentation as well.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      @Flora Crew: Thank you. Glad you liked the movie.

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      Jogalog 3 years ago

      I haven't seen this yet but I love Jim Carrey movies so I'm sure I'll enjoy it when I do.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      @Jogalog: Yes, you really will!

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      seahorse60 3 years ago

      Jim Carrey is great and this is a brilliant film! I just love his facial expressions!

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      @seahorse60: Yes, you'll really die laughing!

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      @missmary1960: It sure was!

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      goldenrulecomics 3 years ago

      I like Jim Carrey so I'll have to check this one out!

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      @goldenrulecomics: You'll enjoy it!

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      Lynn Klobuchar 3 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota

      Between Adam Sandler, Jim Carrey and Will Farrell my boys pretty much rule the movie watching here. I will have to take a look -- at least they will not click me out!

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      Liz Mackay 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      I love this film too.

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      VioletteRose LM 3 years ago

      Sounds nice!

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      tcaldy 3 years ago

      I have not watched this one, but Jim Carrey is hilarious! Will have to check this one out.

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      Radgrl 3 years ago

      I love Liar Liar! I agree it's one of his funniest

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      RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      That sounds like a good film to watch. I saw Jim Carrey in "Grinch" and he was great.

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      Anna 3 years ago from chichester

      Definitely one of Jim Carrey's best films. My sides were literally aching the first time I watched this film from laughing so much

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      norma-holt 3 years ago

      Nice review. Will look out for this movie when it comes on TV.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      @norma-holt: Thanks. You'll enjoy this movie!

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      @tazzytamar: Good you're still alive..ha, ha!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 3 years ago from Ljubljana

      Lie is important part of human civilization. I always enjoy debate relating to lying, serious or not. If Jim Carrey is involved, even better:)

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      Scindhia 2 years ago from Chennai

      Of all Jim's movies, I love this one. Nice review!

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 2 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      @Scindhia H: Thanks! Glad you visited.

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      micro164 2 years ago

      I remember watching this movie and I really liked it. Although any of Jim Carry's movies are great or at least all of the ones that I have seen.

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      samojonno 2 years ago

      Hilarious film

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      AlanJC321 2 years ago

      I really liked this film. Too bad there hasn't been any new Jim Carry movies like this one. Thanks!

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      queenofduvetcover 2 years ago

      Jim Carey never lets me down. =)

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      Richard 2 years ago from Hampshire - England

      This film makes me laugh every time I watch it! He's something of a comedic genius Jim Carey!

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      This was one of his funnier roles.

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      Kappygirl 21 months ago

      This is one of my favorite movies! Nice overview.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 21 months ago from Manila, Philippines

      Oh, I'm glad you enjoyed it, Kappygirl! It's worth rewatching! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Miriam Parker 19 months ago from Montclair, CA. 91763

      Hi, Charito! I also love Jim Carrey's comedy, and I enjoyed reading your review of one of his classic roles. Thanks!

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 19 months ago from Manila, Philippines

      Thanks for stopping by, too, Miriam!

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