Big Fat Liar

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Released 2002

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Director:
Shawn Levy
Released:
2002
Rating:
PG
Big Fat Liar is family comedy by Director Shawn Levy, starring such big names as Amanda Bynes, Frankie Muniz, Paul Giamatti, Amanda Detmer, Donald Faison, and Sandra Oh. In this uproarious comedy, fourteen-year-old Jason Shepherd (Frankie Muniz) has a lying problem. When he writes a story called 'Big Fat Liar' that Hollywood Producer Marty Wolf (Paul Giamatti) cons him out of, no one believes that he is telling the truth. No one but his best friend Kaylee (Amanda Bynes), that is. Jason and Kaylee fly to California to confront Wolf and get him to admit that he stole the basis for his new film from Jason. It is not as easy as one may think, however, because Wolf is an even better con artist and even more incorrigible liar than Jason. Jason and Kaylee get into all kinds of ridiculous shenanigans, dying Wolf's skin blue and hair orange, causing him to have his convertible smashed by a monster truck, and leading him into all kinds of other traps and mishaps. In Big Fat Liar, Levy humorously shows the value of honesty and leaves the viewers with a good lesson and plenty of laughs.moreless

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  • 50

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    If Ms. Bynes keeps going in this direction, she can conceivably develop a gallery of characters as rich and varied as Tracey Ullman's.

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Jan Stuart

    Screenwriter Dan Schneider and director Shawn Levy substitute volume and primary colors for humor and bite. Granted, it's a kids' flick, but kids today have enough savvy about the ...

  • 20

    Variety Robert Koehler

    Though Muniz and Bynes make a somewhat likable team, their funniest skills are dampened by the material's insistent stupidity.

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    Family Dramas, Tweens, insatiable greed, Pre-Teens