Jim Carrey's best comedy suffers only from a cloying excess of sweetness.
He tackles his straightest role, that of attorney, and compulsive liar,
Fletcher Reede. His knack for twisting the truth may win him partnership at his
law office, but has cost him his wife, Audrey (Maura Tierney), and is losing him the love
of his son, Max (Justin Cooper). In fact, when he misses his son's birthday party
after a solemn promise to be there, Fletcher discovers his son has given him a curse
with his birthday wish: for 24 hours, he is physically incapable of lying. This, of course,
would be a disadvantage to any adult, but to Fletcher, it proves to be a disaster.
This is where Carrey's rubberfaced talents come into play full force. The agonizing
contortions he goes through attempting to lie are nearly as funny as the effects
of the bitter truth itself. Surprisingly for a film with a one joke premise, all
the good bits haven't been thoroughly exhausted in the previews, and Liar Liar is able
to maintain a good comic clip throughout its duration. Liar Liar only errs when
it drifts into the realms of sitcom sweetness. The bond between Fletcher and son
has been lifted out of countless kiddie films, and lacks the edge present
in the rest of the film. Still, while those scenes are rather standard and predictable,
there's enough humor in the rest of the film to make Liar Liar a good watch. Trust me.
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