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Liar Liar (1997)

(PG-13) 86 mins

Synopsis: A fast track lawyer can’t lie for 24 hours due to his son’s birthday wish after the lawyer turns his son down for the last time.

Director: Tom Shadyac

Writers: Paul GuayStephen Mazur

Stars: Jim CarreyMaura Tierney and Justin Cooper 

Serious Jest:  (Don’t Bother)  According to IMDB, “Carrey declined the role of Dr. Evil in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery so he could be committed to this film.”  Yeesh!  Bad move for him, huh?!  A little too silly, but not enough witty…you’ll get some smirks out of this movie, but I wouldn’t recommend actually spending the 86 minutes to sit down and watch the whole thing…worth having on in the background while you do other stuff, though.  To me, the best parts were those in which Carrey was interacting with his on-screen son (Love The Claw!  Also according to IMDB, Carrey’s dad used to do that to him and his siblings when he was growing up).  *SPOILER*  My biggest laugh came during the last outtake, when Swoosie Kurtz called Cary an over-actor.  Sometimes there’s nothing funnier than a well-timed truth.

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About Serious Jest

Film & TV Reviewer by Choice, Attorney at Law, Marine to the Corps (excuse the pun), Nupe Under Pressure, and MC by Nature

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