Friday, April 12, 2013

Liar Liar (1997)

Number Rolled: 53
Movie Name/Year: Liar Liar (1997)
Genre: Comedy
Length: 86 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Director: Tom Shadyac
Writer: Paul Guay, Stephen Mazur
Actors: Jim Carrey, Maura Tierney, Justin Cooper, Cary Elwes, Anne Haney, Jennifer Tilly, Amanda Donohoe, Jason Bernard, Swoosie Kurtz, Mitch Ryan, Christopher Mayer, Eric Pierpoint

Fletcher Reede is a great lawyer, but he’s one missed meeting away from being a deadbeat dad. That missed meeting comes on his son, Max’s, fifth birthday. The boy is depressed when the candles of his birthday cake are lit, but his mother eventually gets him to blow them out. That’s when he makes a wish. At 8:15pm Fletcher Reede becomes unable to tell another lie for 24 hours.

Concept-wise, this movie was brilliant. It wasn’t exactly something I’d seen before, came from completely out of the box. There’s one simple problem. I didn’t like it.

It’s true that Jim Carrey comedies are almost a genre all their own. Either you love his style or you hate it. I have yet to meet anyone who is on the fence about the great Jim Carrey. Purposely overacting in order to create the great caricature of whatever character he’s playing. It’s something that can’t be judged fairly by someone who doesn’t like that style. However, I happen to enjoy it. I remember watching Ace Ventura about a hundred times when I was a little girl, and I’m definitely looking forward to what Jim Carrey is going to do in Kick-Ass 2.

That being said, I just couldn’t get into this. The ending was as cute as a basket of puppies cuddling with about twenty baby rabbits, a tiny red panda and a newborn kitten. The rest of the movie was a babbling mess. It had its funny moments, but they were trapped between severely exhausting overdone shtick. It could have been funny, but at least 75% of move was unintelligible semi-yodeling.

In all honesty, this movie got killer ratings from a great deal of people – both audience members and critics. I don’t understand that, but I urge you to judge for yourself.

Overall Opinion – 2/5

P.S. Stay for the beginning of the credits. You have to love a blooper reel.

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