Carey was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in 1998 for Best Performance but it seems the award should have been Personal Best and Most Hilarious. For those two awards, he should have won. Although it starts a bit slow, fifteen minutes into Liar-Liar, the laughs eventually start coming and Jim Carey doesn’t give you another minute to breathe.
Before the movie is half over you wonder if you ever laughed that hard in your life. The film received mostly positive reviews from critics and Roger Ebert said, "I am gradually developing a suspicion, or perhaps it is a fear, that Jim Carrey is growing on me". After previously bad reviews of Carrey, it seems many people were beginning to feel the same way after Liar-Liar.
The story begins with Fletcher Reed (played by Carrey) who is a “Lawyer” but, as his son calls him, a “Liar”. He has a habit of giving precedence to his job and ignoring his young son Max while always telling a bunch of cheap lies to cover his tracks.
The plot quickly turns to a remake of an old Twilight Zone episode when Fletcher is forced into a strange requirement by a mystical fortune telling machine. He can now only speak the uninhibited truth and this is when the genius of Carey comes forward.
Through a series of embarrassing incidents where Fletcher is unable to tell a lie, we find ourselves laughing till we cry and wishing we could get a chance to breathe before the next line. The incidents are, not only inconvenient, they are literally dismantling Fletcher’s life and heaping the long awaited karmic result of all those years of falsity.
Over the course of the film, Fletcher recognizes his son as his highest priority and he begins to change gears so that he can keep visitation rights. He also manages to win the case truthfully by using a loophole in the law.
Liar-liar is a movie with a good message and it is absolutely hilarious thanks to the work of Jim Carey who only needed the right part to bring his obvious talents to the mainstream public.
Other movies certainly show his genius as well but Liar-Liar was a role made in Heaven and Carey is certainly seen at his all around best in this hilarious comedy. Rent this one with the kids and use it as a great way to teach them the importance of telling the truth. As a PG-13 rating, this is sure to be a winner amongst the majority of family members.