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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Explores the negative impact lying has on close relationships and how it's better in the long run to tell the truth.
Positive Role Models
The lead character is a lawyer whose extramarital affairs led to his wife divorcing him, and his continued lies lead to continuous disappointment for his son. Despite his son's birthday wish that he has to be completely honest for one whole day actually working and the lead character learning valuable and worthwhile lessons on the importance of honesty, the over-the-top performance overshadows any lessons, thus not making him much of a role model.
Violence & Scariness
A character beats himself up quite violently. While in jail, the woman who bails out the lead character makes reference to sexual molestation in jail. Reckless driving.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A seduction scene, though without any nudity or actual sex. Sexual advances. An ex-husband asks his ex-wife questions about her sex life. During a court case, a tape recording presented as evidence plays a man and a woman having passionate sex. During this same court case, Jim Carrey's character throws out a series of euphemisms for sex. In an elevator, he makes suggestive comments about a woman's large breasts. At work, a coworker asks "How's it hangin'?," and Carrey's character says, "Short, shriveled, and a little to the left."
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Frequent profanity: "S--t," "prick," "d--k," "bastard," "d--khead," "a--hole," "jerk off." Middle-finger gesture. Several euphemisms for sex used.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Wine drinking at dinner. A woman on a plane chugs a cup of wine in one sip.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Liar Liar is a 1997 comedy starring Jim Carrey as an attorney who is both dishonest at work and at home and is taught a lesson when his son wishes that he be forced to tell the truth for one whole day. This film contains a scene in which a character beats himself up very badly. There is also a seduction scene, though without any nudity or actual sex. During a courtroom scene, a tape recording presented as evidence plays a man and a woman having loud and passionate sex. There is frequent profanity, including "s--t," and a series of euphemisms for sex. In an elevator, Fletcher makes suggestive comments about a woman's large breasts. At work, a coworker asks, "How's it hangin'?," and Fletcher says, "Short, shriveled, and a little to the left." Expect reckless driving in one scene. While Fletcher is in jail, his secretary makes a joke about prison molestation. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The moral is pretty easy to grasp -- it's better to tell the truth than to lie -- but in the rush to get to the happy ending, the film avoids the more complex issues involved. For example, when Fletcher tells his coworkers what he really thinks of them, he insults and hurts them, and his adoring secretary walks out on him (though later she walks back -- this is a comedy, after all). But that gets swept aside as Fletcher tries to stop his ex-wife from moving to Boston with her new boyfriend and Max.
In fact, the whole premise boils down to Fletcher telling Max he loves him, something we've never really doubted. Basically, this is a vehicle for Carrey, and he runs with it, doing his usual impressive rubber-bodied antics and clearly improvising quite a bit of the comedy. It's entertaining but ultimately rather hollow.
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