Liar, Liar

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3 1/2

Content: -2

Fletcher Reede (Jim Carrey) is a successful lawyer who plays fast and loose with the truth in order to win cases. Although his son, Max (Justin Cooper), wants his attention, Fletcher's work often gets in the way. Max even tells his school class that his father's a liar. But when Fletcher misses his fifth birthday party, Max makes a wish that his father would just tell the truth for one day. Magically, Max's wish comes true, as Fletcher simply can not tell a lie, no matter how hard he tries. That gets him into a lot of trouble with various people and also jeopardizes an important divorce case that could easily be won if he could lie. Even more important, Audrey (Maura Tierney), Fletcher's divorced wife, may marry and take Max to Boston. Carrey is simply hilarious, with some wild physical contortions as he tries to lie, along with strong emotional reactions when only the truth comes out. Liar, Liar will keep viewers laughing for days afterwards.

While it's humorous to think of a lawyer having to tell the truth, it's a sadder commentary that we think they frequently lie. While trying to get Max to remove the wish, Fletcher tries to explain that grown-ups need to lie sometimes. Fletcher even has a reputation in his office of being able to lie for his clients. His female boss propositions him and sex is implied by them in bed later. When his boss finds out he can't lie, she takes him to a partnership meeting. His truthful comments are seen as humorous roasts. Sexual comments are made many times including the playing of a tape in court of a sexual encounter. Fletcher does learn that he can tell the truth and enjoy it. Unfortunately, language is a problem with numerous crude comments about male and female anatomy, as well as many obscenities, including four s-words. God's name is taken in vain six times. Truthfully, this very funny movie is marred by inappropriate language and sexual references.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Universal Pictures, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (18) times - Mild 7, Moderate 11

Obscene Language: Many (12) times (s-word 4, other 7, obscene gesture 1)

Profanity: Several (8) times - Regular 6 (GD 1, G 5), Exclamatory 2

Violence: Few times - Moderate and Severe (man beats himself up)

Sex: Implied once (couple in bed)

Nudity: None, near nudity few times (woman in underwear, low-cut blouses)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (references to sex, male genitals, breasts, slang words for sex, sensual kissing, woman grabs man's rear, taped sounds of sex)

Drugs: None

Other: Birthday wish comes true; man standing at urinal

Running Time: 86 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and adults

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