I am a fan of Jim Carrey but there have been films that he has made that
have disappointed me. Case in point: Ace Ventura 2. Hoping against hope
that LIAR, LIAR would not disappoint me, I can say that it is truely one of
the funny and heart-warming films of 1997.
Carrey plays a lawyer, Fletcher Reede, whose stock in trade is downright lying! In fact, he is such a good liar that the heads of his law firm wish to make him a partner. A divorcee, Fletcher has a 5 year old son who adores him but whom he constantly disappoints by neglecting quality time with because he'd rather spend the time advancing his career. Of course, each time he promises his son that he will spend time with him, he has to cover up the change of plan with a lie, one that his son can plainly see through.
Intent on furthering his career, he misses his son's 6th birthday party when one of the female partners insists that he have sex with her. At the party, the son closes his eyes, makes a wish that for one day his father will not be able to tell a lie, and blows out the candles.
Magically, the wish comes true. Sometimes we all need to lie at some point in our lives, and for Fletcher Reede, this is especially true every single day of his life. One can well imagine the havoc that this inability to lie has on his law career and on his life. As one watches the film, one can only hope that this force for truth-telling will somehow bring the father and son closer together. The denoument is is heart-warming. Hey! After all, this IS Hollywood!
Carrey, famous for his face making and physical bodily gyrations is made for this part.
There is a moment in the film when his son contorts his face out of shape and says, `If I keep making this face, will it get stuck that way?' `Absolutely not!' says Fletcher. `In fact, there are people who make a nice living doing that.'
Directed by Tom Shadyac.
Running time: 86 minutes.
Rated PG-13 (for sex-related humor and language).
Fletcher Reede: Jim Carrey
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