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Liar Liar (1997)

Liar Liar (1997)

Here's one of Jim Carrey's old comediess I apparently hadn't seen yet, back from his heyday of craze and comedy. Back when... it was kind of a bit too much! I do like the movie, but it is a bit much. It just is. With the oddball alias Ace Ventura his craziness went with the character, but here it stands out. He looks normal, and people treat him as if he was normal, and yet he acts as crazy as he could possibly get. It just doesn't feel very authentic.

The movie's a feelgood story about a lawyer (liar, get it?) who's all about his job, and all too little about his son. All of that changes the day his son makes a birthday wish (on a party he "couldn't" make it to) that his dad won't be able to lie for an entire day. The morning comes, and so does Carrey's biggest and most dubious case yet, and a potential promotion, and a promise he'd made to pick up his son after school, and suddenly he can only speak the truth, and nothing but the truth! Though it makes for a horrible day at work - relations deteriorate quickly, he eventually embraces the change and realizes that being honest really isn't so bad, and soon the genuine love for his son takes priority over all other falsehood.

It's all very similar to Yes Man, which I loved. This one feels a bit like an unpolished version of the latter. A bit more childish. It's crazy and all but... it's a bit much innit, even if it definitely leaves you with a smile. Good watch.

 rated 3/5: not bad


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