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Parents' Guide to

Big Fat Liar

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Really likeable family comedy set in cutthroat Hollywood.

Movie PG 2002 88 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 9+
I really liked the setting of this movie, and it is very funny. Its a must see for kids!

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 8+

Funny movie for older children

It's a great storyline about the consequences of lying. A few mild language incidents not appropriate for smaller children. Cigar smoking. "Hell"

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9 ):
Kids say (32 ):

Muniz and Giamatti are deft comic actors in BIG FAT LIAR, but the highlight of the movie is Bynes as Kaylee. Her two different but equally hilarious renditions of Hollywood secretaries are gems. Giamatti is so relentlessly selfish and egotistical that it gets a bit tedious, but he does do a wonderful little dance to "Hungry Like a [what else?] Wolf."

One small bright spot worth mentioning is that all of Jason's efforts are intended to show that he was telling the truth. His motive for pursuing Wolf is never getting any money or credit for his story. Another strength of the movie is its racially diverse cast.

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